Training teachers to excel

Siyabonga Africa

Siyabonga Africa

Excited villagers gathered at the Lusikisiki, Eastern Cape, offices of the Department of Education last week for the launch of the three centres of excellence to train teachers in maths, English, science and accounting.

Labour Minister Membathisi Mdladlana, Bank Sectoral Education and Training (Bankseta) chief executive Max Makhubalo, education MEC Johnny Makgatho and King Mpondombini Sigcau attended.

The centres are built in the most needy rural areas of Eastern Cape in Lusikisiki, Libode and Bizana.

Mdladlana said the accounting sector needed drastic transformation.

Bankseta has pledged R4,2 million to the project.

The South African Institute of Chartered Accountants' non-profit company Thuthuka said that a total of R8,5 million would be spent.

Makhubalo said the project's focus areas were the teachers' content knowledge, classroom management and mentorship, and train-the- trainer to ensure sustainability.

"Teachers remain longer at schools than pupils. If you train 60 teachers in these subjects, they will each reach classrooms of more than 40 pupils over a number of years."