TRAINING WORKSHOPS FOR LIFE SCIENCES TEACHERS

TRAINING WORKSHOPS FOR LIFE SCIENCES TEACHERS

Two UKZN lecturers recently organised training workshops for Life Sciences Teachers from the Umkhanyakude district in northern KwaZulu-Natal.

This was deemed necessary as the revised Life Sciences school curriculum in the FET band (Grades 10-12) places emphasis on teaching and assessing practical and investigation skills to reinforce the content and thus improve the learning of the subject.

A key requirement for this teaching is for the teachers themselves to possess the necessary skills to carry out practical work successfully.  Many teachers, especially those trained in the old education system, have either not received adequate training in this field or require re-training.

Two members of staff from the School of Life Sciences on the Westville campus, Ms Bulelwa Keke and Dr Shakira Shaik, responded to this need by organising two weekend workshops for teachers from the rural Umkhanyakude district.

Teachers were trained or re-trained in various practical activities prescribed or recommended in the school curriculum with the main emphasis being on microscopy skills.

The workshops were also attended by Mr Robert Mtshali, the Life Sciences Subject Advisor from the Umkhanyakude district.

Teachers were all given new Grade 10 and11 Life Sciences textbooks courtesy of Maskew Millar & Longman and Pulse Education publishers.


author email : Kekeb@ukzn.ac.za