Indiensopleiding van swart onderwysers aan 'n onderwysersentrum in die Vaaldriehoek
Meyer, Dirkie Jacoba
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The core of the crisis in black education in the Vaal Triangle as well as throughout the Republic of South Africa can be traced back to poor qualifications the of approximately 90% of their teachers. This results in poor scholastic results in black education, maintaining an inferior self-image and poor expectations for the future, early drop-out rates in schools, the inability of teachers to educate big classes and to recognise school-readiness in Sub A. Most black students cannot express themselves fluently in a second language, especially English. Furthermore, there is a communication gap between students and teachers and between children and their parents who may not be involved in their children’s academic performance. The best solution for this crisis in black education, in the Vaal Triangle, is to provide an adequate number of teachers’ centres. Under qualified teachers can expand their academic powers and become more effective as educators. Advancement of modern technology and the keen acquisition of knowledge in a society hungry for information, are big challenges to every black teacher in the RSA. The teacher's centre is a learning laboratory where teachers can experiment with new ideas and solve professional problems together with colleagues on an informal basis. In-service training programmes at these centres can equip black teachers in such a way that it can improve the pupil’s scholastic achievement and students can develop a stronger self-image and expectations for the future. More effective teachers in the Vaal Triangle can prevent the large percentage of pupil drop-outs and will be better equipped to teach big classes. Teachers' centres can contribute towards a higher standard of bilingualism in black education and promote a better understanding of deprived children. In-service training can assist teachers to educate in using a Christian approach. This will ensure a sense of responsibility and will enable students to build a brighter future.
- Education