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National News Flash 18 of 2013: World Teachers' Day; SACE and Continuing Professional Teacher Development (CPTD)

 

“A Call for Teachers!” is the slogan of World Teachers’ Day 2013 (5 October), which UNESCO is celebrating along with its partners, the International Labour Organization (ILO), UNDP, UNICEF and Education International (EI).  

Since teachers are the most powerful force for equity, access and quality education, a call for teachers means calling for quality education for all.

The challenge of recruiting teachers does not lie just in the numbers, but in the provision of quality teachers. Far too often teachers remain under-qualified, poorly paid and with low status. (Unesco)

NAPTOSA thanks all its members who teach with dignity and professionalism for the difference they make in the lives of the young people in their care. 

 

SACE AND CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL TEACHER DEVELOPMENT (CPTD)

 

What is the CPTD management system?

It is a system for recognizing all appropriate teacher development activities:

  • By approving credible professional development providers,
  • By endorsing appropriate professional development programmes / activities,
  • By allocating professional development (PD) points to such programmes / activities,
  • By crediting each teacher’s CPTD account / record with the PD points they have earned.

 

NAPTOSA is in the process securing endorsement for many of its programme / activities

 

CPTD system to be phased in from 2014

All educators will be expected to achieve 150 PD points in every three year cycle. The cycles will be phased in as follows:

  • 2014 – 2016  (first cycle and thereafter every three years) -  Principals and deputies
  • 2015 – 2017 (first cycle and thereafter every three years) -  HODs
  • 2016 – 2018 (first cycle and thereafter every three years) -  Teachers

 

All educators are required to sign up for the CPTD system, either manually or electronically, in the year preceding their cycle. PD points may be accumulated through teacher, school or externally initiated activities. For more information on the CPTD system, download the CPTD brochure from the SACE or NAPTOSA website.