25 October 2018 Photo Tello Theletsane
UFS Postgraduate Education students attend orientation programme
Postgraduate students from the Faculty of Education at the World of Work teacher orientation held at the university.

Postgraduate students in the Faculty of Education at the University of the Free State (UFS) were subjected to an enlightening theoretical orientation of what to expect in the actual world of teaching.

Delivering an address to the students, Dean of the Faculty of Education, Prof Loyiso Jita, said the annual World of Work session was meant to ensure that “our students are not surprised when they enter the working environment, but are prepared and are able to make their own calculations.”

Qualities of a best teacher

In his speech that sought to evoke the conscience of students about the qualities of the kind of teacher they should be, Prof Jita encouraged them to learn from the best model teachers they had seen during their schooling days and to do away with the habits of the bad teachers they had met.

Prof Jita outlined five features that characterise a good teacher: a love for children; a love for books; a love for helping others; developing expertise in your subject area; and remembering that you have a role to play in developing the country’s leaders of tomorrow.

Teachers have to undergo development programmes

The Provincial Director of the South African Council of Educators (SACE), Marupi Marumo, took the students through a series of ethics, morals, and development programmes for teachers which include internet, digital content, and broadcast ways of teaching. “Teachers have to be members of SACE and government has made it mandatory for teachers to undergo educational programmes as constantly as possible,” he said. 

Marumo warned that the teaching profession is nowadays infested with fraudsters who fake their educational qualifications, from a matric certificate up to a tertiary qualification.

“It is on this this premise that all incoming teachers will have to register with us and have their qualifications verified,” he said.

The session was attended by officials from the provincial Department of Education, Labour, Xhariep District, local school principals, and teachers’ unions.