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South African Education Faculties flooded by students

The calibre of teachers in schools looks set to drastically improve as scores of South Africa’s top students sign up for the teaching profession, writes Prega Govender on Times Live.

Universities across the country confirmed being flooded with applications from first-year students wanting to study the four-year teaching degree.

The University of KwaZulu-Natal’s education faculty, increased its admission requirements after receiving almost 14,000 applications for only 650 places

Increased applications for the teaching degree at other South African institutions include:

  • University of Johannesburg: 2690 applications with 965 enrolled;
  • University of the Witwatersrand: 2800 applications with only 420 enrolled;
  • University of Pretoria: 2625 applications with 1333 enrolled;
  • University of Limpopo: more than 1500 applications for 524 places;
  • North West University: 1851 applications at two of its three campuses for 926 places; and
  • Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University: 1452 applications and only 365 admitted.

The University of Cape Town though does not offer the bachelor of education degree, and Stellenbosch University recorded a drop of 64 in its teacher enrolment from 280 last year to 216 this year.

A very encouraging trend according to Bobby Soobrayan, director -general of Basic Education is that pupils with good matric passes are thinking about teaching, which is ideal “as we want good students to go into teaching”.

To read Prega Govender’s original article that were published on Times Live Click Here!

 

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South Africa plans to have 1 million students within 2 years

The South African government wants to see that more than a million students are enrolled at universities across South Africa within 2 years.

Approximately 840 000 students were enrolled at South African universities in 2010 according to Ms Kirti Menon, acting deputy director-general for universities in the Department of Higher Education and Training in a recent meeting with the parliamentary portfolio committee on higher education. The final number should be known soon.

“The South African government is working on the establishment of 2 new tertiary institutions, one in the Northern Cape and one in Mpumalanga” Menon said.

According to Menon the national treasurer also made R5, 1 billion avaible over 3 years for students’ final year studies. These funds will be part of the national bursary scheme, NFSAS.

To read Rajaa Azzakani’s original Afrikaans article in the Beeld newspaper on Nuus24.com Click Here!

A huge increase in new education students at SA universities

For the first time in years South African universities are experiencing a marked increase in the number of students wanting to become teachers.

Universities showing a marked increase in student numbers from last year included the University of Pretoria from 789 to 1224; the University of KwaZulu-Natal from 548 to 701; Wits University from 400 to 520; the University of Johannesburg from 213 to 330 and Stellenbosch University from 571 to 637; with the University of the Free State taking in an extra 28 from 410 last year.

To read more go to the Sunday Times article by Clicking Here!