The Friday Stand-In 2016

Is the way we teach still relevant in this technological age?

The Education Department has in recent years tried to incorporate technology into SA’s education system. But technology develops at a fast pace and it doesn’t come cheap.

Currently its only schools that have a good financial standing, that are able to have access and to incorporate technology into their system. Rural schools are left with no means of making it unless government intervenes. This makes it difficult for pupils and teachers.

Friday stand In, Michael Jordaan, interviewed Dr. Nico Cloete, Director of the Centre for Higher Education Trust as well as Dr Ingrid Tufvesson, Chairperson, Higher Education Transformation Network and Ministerial Appointee to UNISA Council.

Based on the current challenges in SA’s education system, Jordaan asked them for how they would change the education system to better suit our needs right now.

Listen to the full conversation below:

Teaching profession is very resistant to change

Dr. Nico Cloete, Director of the Centre for Higher Education Trust

We need the information technology connectivity system which allows these top end schools to do different things and make sure that the township schools are better connected and have much better access.

Dr. Nico Cloete, Director of the Centre for Higher Education Trust

The power of SADTU has to be broken. SADTU is the organization that defends poor quality teachers, unless you change that you can’t really bring change into the system.

Dr. Nico Cloete, Director of the Centre for Higher Education Trust

I would make better use of the notion of responsible citizenship

Dr Ingrid Tufvesson, Chairperson – Higher Education Transformation Network

We need to generate among citizens of various municipalities an understanding of the role of everybody living in an area that can afford it to participate in the education of those who are underprivileged…

Dr Ingrid Tufvesson, Chairperson – Higher Education Transformation Network

This article first appeared on 702 : Is the way we teach still relevant in this technological age?


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