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Wednesday, 10 November 2021

Towards developing democratic collaborative partnerships with world of work

 PARTNERSHIPS: From left, The newly-selected executive members of the Advisory Board for Intermediate and Foundation Phase in the Education Faculty are Secretary Clive Brown, Chairperson Louis Mouton and Deputy Chairperson Maryna De Lange. PARTNERSHIPS: From left, The newly-selected executive members of the Advisory Board for Intermediate and Foundation Phase in the Education Faculty are Secretary Clive Brown, Chairperson Louis Mouton and Deputy Chairperson Maryna De Lange.

The Faculty of Education has formed a new Advisory Board for Intermediate and Foundation Phase to provide input and guidance on all aspects related to the academic project.

The function of the board is to offer first-hand assistance in better preparing newly qualified teachers for the 21st century World of Work within the South African context.

 The inauguration of the Advisory Board for Intermediate and Foundation Phase was held recently during a virtual meeting. A robust programme to set off the board was designed by Dr Chi Kwenda, Acting Head of Department(HOD): Foundation Phase and Intermediate Phase on the Mowbray Campus and his colleagues on the Wellington Campus  Dr Devandre Boonzaaier, Acting HOD: Foundation Phase and Associate Professor Hanlie Dippenaar, HOD: Intermediate Phase.

The meeting was attended by various stakeholders including primary school principals, mentor teachers to student-teachers, officials from the Western Cape Education Department, CPUT alumni and staff members as well as school teachers. Kwenda welcomed everyone attending the meeting and said: “We are gathered for a very noble cause and to create a democratic collaborative dialogical engagement”.

He added that the Faculty of Education has an aim to form a new advisory board to provide input and guidance on all aspects related to the academic project. The function of the board will be to offer first-hand assistance in better preparing teachers for the 21st century World of Work within the South African context, said Kwenda.

He added that the Faculty regards the venture to “include the voices of various education stakeholders” as a very important step towards social cohesion. Ultimately, the aim is to include knowledgeable experts in education from within and outside the University to make informative decisions and plan the way forward, he emphasised.

Acting Assistant Dean, Dr Anna Thornhill, addressed the meeting and said: “You are our partners in the world of work and we need your input to ensure that we deliver graduates who will be  novice teachers that will be able to function optimally in a changing schooling environment”.

Acting Dean of Education, Prof Lungi Sosibo, told the meeting that the board was a “revival due to the faculty not having had this board for several years”.

Sosibo added:“The absence of an advisory report has been detrimental to the Faculty of Education and can lead or impose serious risks to the quality of the teacher education programs that we offer in the faculty, as well as in terms of their content. This is because the advisory board serve as a sounding board on which we bounce off our ideas regarding curriculum matters. It is therefore for this reason that I appreciate your presence.”

The following three executive members were selected for the 2022 academic year.

The Board’s Chairperson is Louis Mouton, Deputy Chairperson is Maryna De Lange and Secretary Clive Brown.

Written by Kwanele Butana

Email: butanak@cput.ac.za