Pretoria: Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga, says her department will prioritise the working conditions of teachers, including their professional development.
Presenting the department’s budget vote in Parliament on Tuesday, the minister said her department, together with the Department of Higher Education and Training, was working to strengthen this very important area of work.
She said the department would also focus on the conditions of employment, recruitment, deployment and utilisation.
“In partnership with Vodacom, we have equipped and connected 40 teacher centres across the nine provinces,” Minister Motshekga said.
A total of 31 of these teacher centres were equipped and connected in the last financial year and Vodacom will further equip and connect 20 new teacher centres in this financial year.
This means that a total of 60 teacher centres will be fully digitised by the end of this financial year.
The Vodacom Mobile Education Programme is a nationwide teacher development initiative to improve the quality of instruction in all subjects at every level, with particular emphasis on Mathematics, Mathematical Literacy and Physical Science in Grades 10 to 12.
The teacher professional development training focuses on ICT Literacy, as well as the effective use and integration of digital content in the classroom.
SOURCE: SOUTH AFRICA OFFICIAL NEWS