The Jakes Gerwel Fellowship believes in the teaching profession as an aspirational career where the classroom is the vehicle for real change in South African education. JGF follows a rigorous selection process to identify and then fully support high-impact individuals who continue to qualify as a teacher and teach in schools across the country.
After detailed conversations with all PGCE departments of JGF’s partner universities, it became apparent that (1) many of PGCE applicants were unsure if their undergraduate degree qualified them for PGCE enrollment, under the Department of Basic Education’s Minimum Requirements for Teacher Education Qualifications (MRTEQ) policy. And (2) many first year students were not sure on how to craft their undergraduate degree to ensure appropriate enrollment into PGCE.
As aligned with JGF’s mission of positioning teaching as an aspirational career, the Become A Teacher platform intends to provide information for any person intending to become a high school teacher.