n South African Journal of Higher Education - Effective tutor training as a prerequisite for successful in-service teacher training

Volume 21, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1011-3487



Since 1998 a new education dispensation has systematically been introduced into South African schools. This new system requires teachers to follow new approaches to planning, teaching and assessment. Teachers have been overwhelmed with all the new jargon and knowledge, and many teachers feel that they are ill-prepared for this paradigm shift.

The National Department of Education (NDE) has decided to retrain all teachers. The Gauteng Department of Education (GDE) has decided to contract higher education institutions (HEIs) to do the in-service training. To UNISA (an HEI) the biggest challenge has been to identify and train tutors. This study aims to determine whether the initial training of the tutors and their preparation for the in-service training of teachers with regard to the Revised National Curriculum Statement (RNCS) have prepared them sufficiently for the training of the teachers.
We believe that effective tutor training is essential for successful in-service training. In the recommendations, an in-service training model is presented to illustrate the above statement.

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