Teachers Empowered to Improve Skills

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BYLINE: sarah-jane bosch

Earlier this month 99 teachers were formally recognised by the Zenex Foundation for their efforts in furthering their skills and qualifications through the foundation's teacher training programmes in association with Rhodes University and Unisa.

Zenex Foundation CE Gail Campbell says to improve the quality of passes at matric level, it is necessary to contribute to developing teachers.

"Zenex Foundation funded two projects at more than R3.5 million, which will have a direct and immediate impact on more than 8 000 learners. This figure is set to grow as the teachers continue to work in the education system, positively affecting more learners, so the investment in teacher development is a sustainable approach to working in the education sector."

With the first intervention, 28 Further Education and Training (FET) teachers from the Eastern Cape received their advanced certificates of education (ACEs) in English language teaching from the Institute for the Study of English in Africa at Rhodes. Their participation in the programme was funded by the Zenex Foundation as part of the Zenex Foundation Teacher Training Programme and is worth R1 312 175.

"These teachers are all currently employed at government schools in the Fort Beaufort area," says Campbell.

"They join last year's 27 graduates from the Rhodes University Mathematics Education Project (Rumep) programme, as participants in the Zenex Foundation Teacher Training project in this region. This brings the number of teachers in the area to benefit from the programme over the past four years to 55."

The project was born out of research that showed a strong correlation between proficiency in English and performance in maths and science. The project was implemented over two years in 2007 and 2008.

Assessment of the ACE was done through written assignments, practical teaching assignments, a portfolio of evidence and class tests. …