Rural KZN Teacher Awarded National Teaching Award IT

Lindiwe Gumede, an Embury Institute for Teacher Education (Embury) alumni and current teacher at Vondlo Primary School in the remote Enseleni region of KwaZulu-Natal, never thought that she would become the recipient of the Department of Basic Education’s National Teaching Award. But she did. This accolade is especially a victory for teachers who are teaching…

Teacher Wins National Award

Lindiwe Gumede, an Embury Institute for Teacher Education alumni and a teacher at Vondlo Primary School in the remote Enseleni region of the province, never thought she would become a recipient of the Department of Basic Education’s National Teaching Award. But she did. Lindiwe scooped the prestigious award in the Early Childhood Development (ECD) category.…

I am a teacher

Ashley Hodgkinson is a deaf teacher who teaches deaf pupils. When she was working towards getting a degree her mother came to every lecture with her to interpret so she had to watch her and make her own notes. “It was very difficult. It was hard work and I needed to remain motivated but looking…

South African schools have 5‚139 teachers who are unqualified or under-qualified

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Few graduates become teachers

South Africa faces a dearth of teaching personnel countrywide with the ever decreasing number of teachers entering the profession after graduating. Statistics in 2011 showed that for every 100 initial teacher education (ITE) graduates, at least eight were already employed while 25 would pursue their careers overseas. Another 25 would never become practising teachers in South…

The importance of teaching teachers

  Every year, reports come in about the comparatively poor state of South Africa’s educational offering. Accompanying this negativity is a general criticism of the curriculum, which has been changed numerous times since the advent of democracy, to specific attacks on how subjects are assessed, as well as a condemnation of today’s youth being idle…

Ashley defies the odds

WHEN Ashley Hodgkinson attended lectures while studying to be a teacher at the Embury Institute for Teacher Education, she took her mom along. It wasn’t that she was shy or afraid of going to class on her own, she simply needed access to information and needed her mom’s assistance, as she is deaf. Ashley graduated…