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date: 28 February 2021

Transforming Teacher Education in South Africalocked

  • Crain SoudienCrain SoudienHuman Sciences Research Council, South Africa, and University of Cape Town
  •  and Yusuf SayedYusuf SayedUniversity of Sussex, UK, and Centre for International Teacher Education, Cape Peninsula University, South Africa

Summary

After 1994, the South African government put in place an ambitious policy framework to transform the system of teacher education to promote equitable quality education for all. This framework has resulted in the merging and integration of all teacher training colleges into the university sector and ended the racially based apartheid system of teacher training. This ambitious policy program, however, is not underpinned by a robust implementation strategy that sufficiently tackles the country’s historic and structural inequities. What is required, it is argued here, is a transformation teacher education strategy that gives concrete expression to the intent of the post-apartheid teacher education policy framework ensuring that high-quality teachers are trained for the schools serving the most marginalized and disadvantaged learners.

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