Mar 4, 2019
Over the last few months we have seen some interesting developments especially legal requirements in terms of screening but the one that people should all be aware of is the new legislation that states that all new teachers from January 2019 will be required to obtain a police clearance certificate before they can be registered with the South African Council of Educators (SACE).
SACE spokesperson Themba Ndhlovu said the council registered about 20000 teachers on an annual basis, from 25 accredited universities around the country, and from 2019 they would be required to produce proof that they did not have criminal records.
Ndhlovu said SACE was under pressure from society to vet teachers and it was looking at ways to do this. He said anyone with a criminal record would be examined by a panel which would determine if they were sufficiently rehabilitated. At the same time it would be a learning curve for SACE to establish whether the same system would work if they wanted to vet teachers who were already registered and teaching.
“We are still discussing effective ways to vet teachers who are already on the system. As custodians of the education profession, we want the professional standard of our teachers to be excellent,” he said.
This said we are still having headlines on a regular basis indicating that teachers have not been vetted properly and learners are abused in some way or another. We all know that often the wheels of justice turn slowly and maybe it is time for the schools to take responsibility and ensure that their teachers are vetted correctly and not just for convictions but for integrity as well.
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