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Higher Education Students DBE has selected short courses for Teacher Development at Higher Education Instutions. Image: Reuters10 April 2013 - In 2011 the Ministers of Basic and Higher Education launched the Integrated Strategic Planning Framework for Teacher Education and Development (ISPFTED). The framework outlines a 15-year roll-out of improved and expanded teacher education and development opportunities with the aim of improving the quality of teaching and learning in schools.

It is a collaborative effort of the DBE; the Department of Higher Education and Training; teacher unions; the Education Labour Relations Council; the South African Council for Educators; the Education, Training and Development Practices Sector Education and Training Authority and the Higher Education South African Education Deans' Forum.

It identifies the need for enabling increased access of good quality and relevant programmes to teachers to address the critical need to improve teacher quality and learner performance.

Short courses

As part of the process, the Departments of Basic and Higher Education, gathered information on short courses offered by higher education institutions in the country.