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education90The Mercury reports that the number of students training to be teachers at tertiary institutions in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) should be reduced because there is an “oversupply” in the province.  

This is according to members of the provincial legislature, who have advised the education department to assess its needs and project how many teachers it will need over the next few years.  The MPLs suggested that the department should then negotiate with tertiary institutions to lower their intake numbers for students wanting to be teachers.  Chairperson of the finance portfolio committee Sipho Nkosi said:  “A few years ago, we asked the former Education MEC Senzo Mchunu to ask institutions of higher learning in the province to increase student intake in education.  We would advise the current MEC for Education, Mthandeni Dlungwana, to go back to the institutions and ask them to reduce the number of students, based on the department’s needs.”  He said they were concerned about the number of graduate teachers who were struggling to find jobs and were migrating to Gauteng.  Mchunu indicated that when he had approached tertiary institutions, the province had been short of teachers, especially in maths and science.

  • Read the full original report by Thami Magubane at The Mercury

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