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saceBusinessLive reports that a plan for teachers to re-register with the SA Council for Educators (Sace) has run into union opposition, with claims it would tamper with conditions of service, the organisation told MPs on Tuesday.  

Sace currently registers teachers on a once-off basis, effectively giving them a certificate for life.  This means teachers who are struck off the register for misconduct maintain their certificates, and robs Sace of a means to ensure teachers maintain their professional development.  It also limits the value of its database as a planning tool, as it contains teachers who are no longer teaching.  Sace now wants to introduce a system that requires teachers to re-register every three years, linked to a requirement that they earn at least 150 ‘‘continuing professional teacher development’’ points during this period.  CEO Ella Mokgalane made it clear that Sace could not implement teacher re-registration without the buy-in of unions, but went on to say:  “The unions are saying ‘You are tampering with our conditions of service.’  With more consultation, we will be able to bring them on board.”  She added:  “We need to be sure we don’t de-stabilise the system.  Until we agree within the profession on the issue of re-certification, we won’t move.  Out of the consultation sessions we had, we are beginning to slowly settle some of the sticky issues.”  Sace’s target date for implementation is 2020.


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