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Johannesburg - Decent salaries would play an important role in attracting and retaining skilled teachers, President Jacob Zuma said on Thursday.
“That is why we are to establish a Presidential Remuneration Commission which will investigate the remuneration and conditions of service provided by the state to all its employees, starting with teachers,” Zuma said.
He said this in a speech prepared for delivery at the National Teaching Awards ceremony held at Gallagher Estate in Midrand.
The awards are held annually to honour teachers who are performing well in the profession.
Zuma said discussions were continuing on a new performance-management system for teachers.
“We are also investing in teacher development to improve the state of education in the country.”
The government intended to strengthen and use the existing 112 teacher centres and five provincial teacher development institutes to provide more support to teachers at the local level.
Training for principals and their deputies would also be provided.
“The Minister of Basic Education (Angie Motshekga) will organise provincial visits to promote this important programme of providing senior managers in schools with professional development support,” said Zuma.
He said that through the Siyabuswa College of Education recently re-opened by Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande in Mpumalanga, the government was aiming to attract youth to the teaching profession.
He congratulated teachers who were bestowed with awards and encouraged those who did not make it to continue with their hard work.
“Working together we can do more to improve the quality of our basic education.” - Sapa