n Commonwealth Youth and Development - Supporting rural teacher development

Volume 8, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1727-7140



This article argues for a special focus on the provision of educational opportunities in rural areas in South Africa and explores the challenge of teacher recruitment, development and retention in these areas in particular. It argues for a systemic open and distance learning (ODL) approach to education development and suggests that sustainable teacher development in these areas requires innovative approaches to the ways in which teacher education programmes are designed, implemented, evaluated, managed and costed. The article argues that the challenge is too complex and the need too great for an institution to be able to work independently: instead a collaborative and cooperative effort is needed between higher education institutions, the South African Department of Higher Education and the wider community of practice.

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