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Chapter 12

PERSONNEL MATTERS

12.10 EDUCATORS: INDUCTION AND ORIENTATION

12.10.1Legislative and Policy Framework

ACTS

  • The South African Schools Act, No. 84 of 1996 [SASA]
  • The National Education Policy Act, 1996 (Act No. 27 of 1996) [NEPA]
  • Employment of Educators Act 76 of 1998 [EEA]

KwaZulu-Natal

POLICIES

KZN Occupational health and safety policy [Reference B4 KZN OHEALT]

NorthWest

ACTS

North West Schools Education Act, Act no. 3 of 1998 [Reference B8 NW EDACT 3/1998]

 

GUIDELINES

Induction Framework for School Based Teachers,  North West Department of Education, (2014) [Reference B8 NW FRAMEWORK]

12.10.2Framework for the Development of School Policy on Educators: Induction and Orientation

  1. Clarification of concepts
    • What is induction?
      According to Grobler et al. (Human Resource Management, 2002:208) induction is the process of introducing educators to the goals of the school, its policies and procedures, its values and co-workers, as well as the activities to be performed and the teaching aids to be used.
    • Induction programme
      Grobler et al states that an effective induction program will reduce the adjustment problems for newly appointed educators by creating a sense of security, confidence and belonging.  The following benefits can accordingly result from an effective induction programme, namely:

      • higher job satisfaction,
      • higher performance as a result of faster learning times,
      • reduction of absenteeism and
      • a better understanding of school policies, vision and procedures.
  2. Induction policy
    The principal, SMT and educators should jointly draw up a properly formulated induction programme for newly appointed educators.
    Orientation on the following aspects can be considered as part of an induction policy:

    • The School policy
    • Relevant subject policies
    • The South African Schools Act
    • The Employment of Educators Act and Personnel Administration Measures
    • The National Curriculum Statement
    • Code of conduct for learners and educators
    • What constitutes misconduct?
    • How to discipline
    • Classroom practice
    • The use of different teaching strategies
    • How to conduct a parent meeting
    • Safety procedures at the school
    • Handling of monies
    • How to deal with learners with learning difficulties
    • The School Management Team
    • What constitutes a proper academic standard
    • Assessment of learners
    • The use of teaching aids
  3. The Mentor System
    The Mentor System should be considered.  A mentor will help the educator to reduce frustrations.  A mentor is a fellow educator involved in assisting the beginner educator to learn to teach in a school-based setting.  The mentor can assist with discipline and classroom management, lesson planning and routines but also with moral support, guidance and feedback.