Bridging courses for teachers by Education Department

The Department of Education is developing bridging courses for teachers and officials who are inadequately...

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga. Picture:Taurai Maduna/Eyewitness News

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Education advisors and academics met in <?xml:namespace prefix="st1" ns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags"?><city w:st="on"><place w:st="on">Pretoria on Wednesday with Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga to discuss research on workbooks and teacher development.

Motshekga said teachers’ subject knowledge was a major challenge to the achievement of quality and higher student learning results.

She said studies show there is better enrolment of pupils but the country’s weakness remains in the quality of education.

Adding to the problem, some district inspectors were also not adequately trained to assist teachers.

Motshekga said development courses will be targeted at specific officials and teachers to improve standards of teaching.