My experience at SANTS has been amazing. I am a self- paying student, but I am still continuing my studies. SANTS has given me a chance to study. If you are a student like me do not loose hope. SANTS is reliable and they assist you in every way they can. Believe me it has not been easy, but with SANTS your a future is possible.
I like the fact that the quality of the education here is of very high standard. I also like our Tutors who do their level best to support us, all of them.
I have learned and now have the ability to teach, select relevant learning and teaching support materials furthermore i am able to interact with learners in any schools as well as to identify learning difficulties, if any, and rectify them. Thanks also to tutors,they always drive us with their skills,knowledge,organisation and punctuality. Good and clear studying books SANTS have power!
Congratulations to the class of 2017! You have reached a significant milestone in your academic and personal journey as a qualified teacher. You have indeed chosen a noble career; filled with opportunities and possibilities to shape young minds and make a qualitative difference through what and how you teach.
Contrary to popular rhetoric, the career you have chosen is not easy. Teaching is not merely about knowing the content. Rather, it is about knowing how to take the content and reproduce it in a way that produces optimal learning outcomes for all children irrespective of race, class, gender, cultural heritage, and sexual orientation. Teachers have to balance living life to the fullest, while at the same time being role models in schools, classes, and communities. Teachers also don't know everything and will continue to learn throughout their careers.
In South Africa particularly, teachers work against a social landscape that continues to impress itself in ways that shape children’s day to day experiences of who they are and what they can become. This is a complex context. Privilege and disadvantage wretchedly coexist. Disease like HIV and AIDS continues to ravage families and communities, resulting in children having to grow up quicker than they need to. Poverty continues to exert itself on South Africa’s social landscape and along with it food, social, and emotional insecurity.
The great majority of children in South African classrooms learn in a language that is not their mother tongue, with some denied speaking their home language in school. Large proportions of children remain functionally illiterate even after 12 years of schooling. Classes remain overcrowded, with many children exercising their authority in confrontational ways. Such is the context of your chosen career as a teacher; not easy yet filled with amazing opportunity!
For this reason, South Africa needs resilient, flexible, adaptive, and passionate teachers who are prepared to navigate contextual realities to produce learning that offers children hope and possibility. Your studies at SANTS have prepared you to do just that. You have been prepared to understand the context of children and teaching. You have been provided with requisite knowledge and competence to know what and how to teach. You have shown courage, tenacity, will, and sheer guts as a student and have completed your programme on time. Congratulations! Use these qualities to be and become the kind of teacher who makes a difference in the lives of young children, school, and in the community where you find yourself teaching.
With the preparation you have had, dare to be the teacher who continues to grow and expand your knowledge not only about your subject but importantly, about the world around you and beyond. Dare to be the teacher who innovates, inspires; one unafraid to be vulnerable and make mistakes in the quest for excellence. Dare to be the teacher who continues to try new things; reflecting on self and work to advance the education project. Show empathy and be sympathetic to the plight of others; be it child, parent or colleague. Stop at nothing to be the kind of teacher the programme has prepared you to be! Congratulations again and best wishes as you sow and soar into the future of South Africa!