education90Cape Argus reports that newly qualified teachers will have to obtain a licence to practice their profession should a far-reaching proposal by the Department of Basic Education (DBE) get the green light.  

Teachers are presently registered on a permanent basis with the South African Council for Educators (SACE) as soon as they qualify.  The new proposal is to provide newly qualified teachers with provisional registration and to require them to meet teacher professional standards upon completion of an introductory three-year programme in order to obtain full registration.  Dr Anthea Cereseto of the National Professional Teachers’ Organisation of SA (Naptosa), said they supported the proposal in principle and commented:  “We will have to have competent people assessing the teachers.  It will have to be ensured that this is done professionally and neutrally.”  The SA Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu) was asked for comment, but had not responded at the time of going to print.

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