A plan for teachers to re-register with the South African Council for Educators (SACE) has run into union opposition, with claims it would tamper with conditions of service, the organisation told parliament on Tuesday. SACE currently registers teachers on a once-off basis, effectively giving them a certificate for life. This means teachers who are struck off the register for misconduct maintain their certificates, and robs SACE of a means to ensure teachers maintain their professional development. It also limits the value of its database as a planning tool, as it contains teachers who are no longer teaching. SACE now wants to introduce a system that requires teachers to re-register every three years, linked to a requirement that they earn at least 150 ‘‘continuing professional teacher development’’ points during this period. SACE is proposing teachers get a one-year grace period, after which they will be suspended said its CEO Ella Mokgalane. “It will be easy to certify the newly qu...

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