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.