Teacher Training Colleges Must Be Re-opened

23rd September 2014.


The IFP in KwaZulu-Natal has reiterated its call for the Minister of Education, Dr Blade Nzimande to urgently consider the reopening of teacher training colleges which were closed in the mid-1990s by former Minister of Education, Kader Asmal, as a matter of urgency, in order to address the issue of ageing teachers who would be lost to the system in the next 5 to10 years.


"We believe that the closure of these colleges is a major contributor to the teacher crisis that we are facing. These colleges were established during the time when the IFP was in control of KZN and the present government was short sighted in closing them down. Although universities are working to push up the number of teaching graduates, this is not enough to meet the shortage. The short supply of trained professionals will only be addressed once the department has reopened those colleges and established new colleges in rural areas," said IFP Spokesperson on Education, Mrs Thembeni kaMadlopha-Mthethwa, MPL.


"During the launch of the KwaZulu-Natal Institute of Local Government and Traditional Leadership fund-raising summit in Richards Bay in 2008, President Jacob Zuma also acknowledged this when he called for teacher training colleges to be reopened. He admitted that it was a mistake to close down teacher training colleges," continued Mrs kaMadlopha-Mthethwa.


"The ANC government however, decided to transfer the training of teachers to universities. The IFP has argued that this would not be adequate to meet the demand for teachers, especially in crucial subjects such as maths and science. The IFP would like to call on government to recognise the crisis unfolding within our education system and to give it the priority and attention it deserves. Teacher training is of the utmost importance and we therefore call on the Minister of Education and Government to urgently consider the re-opening of teacher training colleges," concluded Mrs kaMadlopha-Mthethwa.



Issued by:   

IFP KZN Education Spokesperson,

Mrs Thembeni KaMadlopha-Mthethwa, MPL, 071 884 3844 or 079 114 3015


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