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Mmusi Maimane: We Need More PGCE Teachers With A BSC

As always, Mmusi Maimane is known to spark thought provoking conversations on social media especially now that he's no longer part of the Democratic Alliance. He continues to emphasize that our teachers are not paid enough for their hard work and dedication. Some have argued that private schools are not remunerating teachers accordingly - their salaries happen to be much lower. Join us as we unpack more of the story below and share the latest.


On a tweet he shared recently, Maimane indicated that we need more PGCE teachers with a BSC qualification. It all started when a post of a young man with a Bsc qualification from UCT took to social media to share that he is very unfortunate when it comes to securing a job. He graduated back in 2018, majoring in biology and biochemistry. The comments section was filled with very eye opening information about the system and our deteriorating labour market.

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What is a PGCE?

It's a 1 year qualification that one can enroll for in order to become a teacher. It will enable you to register with the South African Council For Educators (SACE). Do take note that you can only enroll for this program provided that you have already obtained a degree or diploma in any field of study (minimum of 3 years qualification).


It seems like this problem is faced by a lot of people. Is studying BSC worth it? Well, based on the reactions from people i think it's important that you do your own research and uncover the real truth. There's a lot of graduates that are not working after they've obtained this qualification. The Department of Education is always looking for such individuals, enrolling for a PGCE might just be the a good way around this. As much as proposals for teachers to get a salary increase are wide spread, their level entry remuneration is not so bad considering that the are included in as the 2% high income earners. What are your thoughts about this story? Let's keep the conversation going on the comments section below and remember to follow us for more informative articles like this one published. 

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