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The Council for Educators

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the World.

This is one of Nelson Mandela’s more famous quotes, which he stated during the occasion of the launch of ‘Mindset Network’, at the Johannesburg Planetarium on 16 July 2003.1 Mr Mandela also stated:

South Africa inherited a highly dysfunctional educational system from the Apartheid era. It is one of our major tasks of reconstruction to build an educational system that provides quality opportunities for all our people. It is fundamentally important that our children are prepared to compete with confidence in the international arena. We need to ensure that every one of our children has access to a world class, quality education. And the teaching of maths, science and English is a major national priority, as more of our children need to excel in these subjects.2

In a way, this is what the South African Council for Educators Act 20003 is aimed at. Through the functions of this Council, the Act provides for the registration of educators, promoting the professional development of educators, and the maintenance and protection of ethical and professional standards for educators. It is administered by the Minister of Basic Education.4

Disciplinary hearings

One of the functions of the Council is, via its Disciplinary Committee, to investigate complaints against educators, and, if necessary, hold disciplinary hearings. Any person who may be able to give information of material importance concerning the subject of the investigation can be summoned to give evidence, and to produce books, documents or objects which may have a bearing on the matter.

If you have been summoned, you commit an offence if:

  1. http://db.nelsonmandela.org/speeches/pub_view.asp?pg=item&ItemID=NMS909&txtstr=Lighting_your_way_better_future – ‘Lighting your way to a better future’. 

  2. Ibid. 

  3. As amended; the latest amendment was effected by Act 15 of 2011. 

  4. The Council has its head office at Crossway Office Park, Block 1, 240 Lenchen Avenue, Centurion (tel. 012 663 9517/086 1007 223); www.sace.org.za

  5. Section 27(a)i. 

  6. Section 27(a)ii. 

  7. Section 27(b). 

  8. Section 27(c)i. 

  9. Section 27(c)ii.