04.16.2019

The South African Mathematics and Science Teacher Intern Programme (SAMSTIP) is an ISASA initiative that aims to address a root cause of South Africa’s skills shortage: the critical lack of qualified mathematics and science teachers.

SAMSTIP, Investec and the Department of Basic Education are offering prospective Senior and Further Education and Training (FET) teachers specialising in the fields of Mathematics and the Sciences an opportunity to win bursaries to study for a four year Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) degree or a one year Post-graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) at UNISA.

Benefits of the programme:

The bursary will cover UNISA fees, textbooks and a transport and accommodation allowance, as well as a small stipend.

Who can apply?

Applications for 2020 are closed.

The Zenex Foundation recently published a Learning Brief on lessons learnt from 3 teacher internship programmes that the Foundation supported over a number of years. The Learning Brief is available for download from the Zenex Foundation website.

The Foundation also published an earlier report on teacher internships in South Africa. The Internship Report is available for download from the Zenex Foundation website.

05.18.2018

SAMSTIP addresses a root cause of South Africa’s skills shortage: the lack of maths and science teachers.

The Southern African Mathematics and Science Teacher Intern Programme draws on quality education offered by ISASA member schools to help solve a root cause of South Africa’s pressing skills shortage: the very small number of school-leavers, especially disadvantaged African learners, who pass mathematics, and the critical lack of qualified mathematics teachers.

The teacher internships provide an alternative, robust training model to supply quality teachers in the scarce subject areas of mathematics and English. Based on a decade of ISASA schools’ experience, they involve school-based training, mentoring, and completion of a university degree by the trainee teachers in member schools.

School-leavers, graduates and mid-career professionals are targeted in the recruiting drive. The learnerships involve four years of study to obtain a degree in education, or two years (part-time) for a professional teaching qualification.

12.30.2015

Petronella Mohale tells us about her experience of the SAMSTIP, Investec and Department of Education teaching bursary programme and why she wants to be a teaching superhero.

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