NMMU to extend teacher education to Missionvale campus

SEPTEMBER 4, 2014
The Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University was “being supported to expand teacher education to the Missionvale Campus,” High Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande has told the National Assembly.

The Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University was “being supported to expand teacher education to the Missionvale Campus,” High Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande has told the National Assembly.

Replying to a written question, he said this would be achieved through the establishment of a Foundation Phase Bachelor of Education programme.

Nzimande said his department had allocated “significant financial resources to enable the development of new buildings to support the expansion of the campus”.

He said Rhodes University was also being supported to establish a full-time, contact Bachelor of Education in Foundation Phase Teaching in Grahamstown.

Nzimande also announced that discussions were underway on the “further expansion of teacher education capacity” in the Eastern Cape and Limpopo. This, he said, might result in former college sites in these provinces “being re-used as teacher education facilities”.

He said his department was “working in a logical and step-wise fashion to develop the institutional capacity to ensure that the country is able to produce sufficient quality teachers for our schools”.

He said this was being achieved by ensuring full utilisation of university campuses that currently offered teacher education programmes.

Further, where required, capacity would be expanded to additional campuses based on “geographical. - metrominutes