Training of Grade 8 and 9 Math teachers on Mondays: DBE plans to proceed with 1 + 4 development plan
After many stakeholders (including NAPTOSA) had raised concerns and objections to the Department of Basic Education’s (DBE) intention to withdraw all Grade 8 and 9
Math teachers on Mondays from schools for training, DBE issued another media statement on 2 February stating the following:
“The Department of Basic Education will proceed with the implementation of the teacher development plan aimed at boosting performance in the Senior Phase.”
“Removing mathematics teachers from their schools for about 23 days in a school year to attend the work sessions implies that they will lose approximately 20 hours of teaching time per class per year (54 minutes per day per class). In order to ensure that the 4.5 hours instructional time allocated for the Senior Phase is covered and utilised fully, school management teams (SMTs) should adapt their timetables to support the model.