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close this bookFace-to-Face Training in a Conventional Preservice Programme: A Case Study at Edgewood College of Education in South Africa (CIE, 2002, 36 p.)
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View the documentMulti-Site Teacher Education Research Project (MUSTER)
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View the documentAbstract
View the document1. Introduction
View the document2. Context of the Colleges of Education in 2000
View the document3. Data Collection and Analysis
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Open this folder and view contents5. The Teacher Education Programme and its Evaluation
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View the document7. Aspirations, Expectations and Preparedness of Students
View the document8. Cost of the Teacher Education Programme
View the document9. Key Issues Emerging from the Data
View the document10. Concluding Comments
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View the documentAppendix A: Student Enrolments
View the documentAppendix B: Qualifications Of The Academic Staff
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2. Context of the Colleges of Education in 2000

After the first democratic elections in 1994, South African education moved from an education system organised on racial lines to one organised along provincial lines. With a single system of education in the country there have been studies about teacher supply and demand. The Teacher Audit Study (Hofmeyr and Hall, 1995) and the Teacher Supply, Utilisation and Demand Projections (DOE, 1997) has prompted a re-evaluation of teacher supply and demand. The National Commission of Higher Education has recommended that Teacher Education becomes a higher education competency.

The projections indicated there was an over-supply of teachers, and teacher education institutions were issued with a directive to reduce the intake of students. From 1997 students in KwaZulu Natal entering teaching did not receive state bursaries. For the last few years there has been uncertainty about the fate of the college sector. In February 2000 the National Minister of Education announced that, from 1 January 2001, all colleges of education programmes will be incorporated into either a technicon or university. There will be 25 designated sites of teacher education around the country and in the KwaZulu Natal province the three proposed sites are Natal Technikon, University of Natal (Durban) and University of Zululand. In June 2000 the KwaZulu Department of Education issued a directive to the colleges indicating that there should be a zero intake of students in 2001.