FINAL YEAR EDUCATION STUDENTS ENJOY “MEET YOUR EMPLOYER DAY” Students enrolled for their final year of study at UKZN’s Faculty of Education benefited from a “Meet Your Employer Day” co-hosted by the University and the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education (DoE) on September 16.


This initiative forms an integral part of the Faculty’s mission to produce quality educators. Students completing a Bachelor of Education (BEd) degree or a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) are orientated into the profession by being placed in vacancies at various schools and offered employment.


Deputy-Dean for Initial Teacher Education in the Faculty, Professor Thabisile Buthelezi said that the DoE is the biggest employer of their students. Dean of the Faulty, Professor Michael Samuel said that it was alarming that 18 percent of teachers have not achieved a four-year qualification. He wished the students all the best in their upcoming qualifying exams.


“A qualification merely enables a teacher to teach at a school. However, this is only the first step. A life-long journey of growing in the service awaits you,” said Professor Buthelezi. She added that “Meet Your Employer Day” is a good example of the relationship the Faculty prides itself on with the DoE and schools around the province.


In his keynote address, the principal of Ntee High School, Mr Jabu Ngidi left his colleagues with the message, “Cheer up! You’re a teacher”. He explained to the students that nothing markets interns more at schools than a positive work ethic. “Although many today might argue otherwise, I believe teaching is still a calling... You need to identify the talent in you,” he said.


General Manger for Human Resource Management at the DoE, Mr Nkosinathi Ngcobo encouraged the students to stay in the province and reap the benefits of working close to home. One of the Faculty’s objectives is to admit more students from rural areas. Mr Ngcobo announced that teachers working in rural areas will have 10 percent added to their salaries. 


The students were interested to learn about the benefits that come with qualifying as a teacher. They also heard presentations by the South African Council for Educators (SACE), and the DoE’s Mr Terrance Naidoo on the Department’s graduate recruitment plan.


Deputy-President for the Student Representative Council (SRC) at Edgewood campus, Mr Vikani Msimanga sai
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