SADTU in KwaZulu-Natal to use television to develop teachers

The South African Democratic Teachers Union (SADTU), with partners  including  Mindset, Telkom, Unkunzi, Hauwei, HP, Vortex, Cyberschool, Technology and 247 Technologies, will on Thursday (24 July 2014) officially launch a teacher development television programme in KwaZulu Natal.

SADTU General Secretary Mugwena Maluleke said the launch of the television programme was a direct response to challenges facing teachers; “SADTU acknowledges that the South African education system is lagging behind when compared with other countries. The findings of the NPC report, NSC and ANA reveal that intensive development must be prioritised for teachers in language, numeracy, literacy and gateway subjects. SADTU’s intervention is a direct response to these challenges,” he said.

The initiative aims to take forward SADTU’s commitment to radically change the education system such that it meets the developmental needs of the country within the context of the Union’s 2030 Vision to create a learning nation. “The KZN chapter of the Curtis Nkondo Teacher Development institute has put together a number of projects in its Quality Teaching and Learning Program. Among others is the sustained Matric Intervention program which went together with intensive teacher development,” KZN Provincial Secretary Mbuyiseni Mathonsi said.

The intervention included commissioning a broadcast studio in SADTU’s provincial office in Durban and creating a teacher development television programme. The programme would be carried on Mindset Learn Educational Channel on DSTV and OpenView and broadcast in KwaZulu-Natal and the rest of the country.

He said that twenty four teachers’ centres in provincial districts will be equipped with viewing technology including TVs, satellite dishes and servers to store content.  Already by the time of the launch more than 10 centres shall have been fitted with this machinery. “Best teachers and subject specialists in the province will be lined up to provide teacher development from the studio and address challenging topics for teachers who will be watching from their local centres,” Mathonsi said.

Teachers will be provided with detailed broadcast schedules in advance, and can interact with presenters via SMS, telephone and social media live during the broadcast. The studio will also be used for staff development and capacity building of other SADTU members who are part of the non-teaching staff.

The broadcast will deal with different challenging areas of teacher development as identified by various competency reviews. Maluleke said the television platform would enable teachers to share best practices in teaching various topics. In addition, the channel will carry Grade 12 revision lessons, after school and during exams.

The national leadership of SADTU, the KZN Premier, KZN MEC for Education, KZN HOD, academics from higher education institutions and other social partners are expected to attend the launch. More than 400 SADTU delegates will also attend the launch.

MEDIA INVITE

The launch will take place as follows:

Venue: Durban Exhibition Centre
Date: Thursday, 24 July 2014
Time: 10h00

For interviews, please arrange with:
Name: Sfiso Gwala (KZN Administrator)
Cell: 071 859 0033

ISSUED BY:  SADTU IN KWAZULU NATAL