Teacher unions have panned the plan by the SA Council of Educators to require teachers to reregister every three years, saying it is impractical and won’t help improve the standard of teaching. Instead, they want the council to focus on updating its register and removing people who are unfit to teach, such as those found guilty of misconduct. The council told parliament on Tuesday that it wants to scrap the current system, which allows a teacher to register for life. It wants to institute a system in which teachers will have to apply to reregister every three years, linking it to a requirement that they earn at least 150 ‘‘continuing professional teacher development’’ points during this period. SA’s biggest teacher union, the SA Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu), opposes the plan. “Our view is that teachers should maintain their registration for life and only lose it [sic] if found guilty of misconduct,” Sadtu spokesperson Nomusa Cembi said on Thursday. The council does not have th...

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