THE South African Democratic Teachers Union in KwaZulu-Natal has launched a historic a teacher development television programme.
The launch, said to be a first by a teacher union, is in partnership with Mindset, Telkom, Inkunzi, Hauwei, HP, Vortex, Cyberschool Technology and 247 Technologies.
According to Provincial Secretary Mbuyiseni Mathonsi, the launch of the programme was a direct response to challenges facing teachers.
“It is well known that black teachers were not allowed to do Maths and Science and that affected the quality of teaching. We felt we could no longer fold hands and be spectators and allow the situation to get worse. The programme will address issues of teacher training. If you can solve challenges around education, start with teachers first,” Mathonsi said.
The programmes will also look at developing non-educators and matrics.
It is being piloted in KwaZulu Natal but will eventually be spread across the entire country.
For this to be possible, SADTU in KwaZuluNatal had to partner with some firms and like-minded partners, build a broadcast studio in SADTU’s provincial office in Durban and create teacher development television programmes.
Ten teachers’ centres in provincial districts will be equipped with viewing technology including TVs, satellite dishes and servers to store content.
Teachers will be provided with detailed broadcast schedules in aance, and can interact with presenters via SMS, telephone and social media live during the broadcasts.
This will be shown on DSTV’s channel 309.
Source : CAJ News Agency