- Is commenced by Commencement of the Teachers’ Education Colleges Act, 2003
- Is amended by Abolition of Payment by Cheque Act, 2022
- Amends National Education Act, 1980
Teachers' Education Colleges Act, 2003
Act 25 of 2003
- Published in Government Gazette no. 3124 on 30 December 2003
- Assented to on 21 December 2003
- Commenced on 1 April 2005 by Government Notice of 2005
- [This is the version of this document from 15 March 2023.]
- [Amended by Abolition of Payment by Cheque Act, 2022 (Act 16 of 2022) on 15 March 2023]
1. DefinitionsIn this Act, unless the context indicates otherwise -“Advisory Council” means the Advisory Council on Teachers’ Education and Training established by section 4;“board” means the board of a teachers’ education college referred to in section 19;“financial year” means the financial year of a Teachers’ Education and Training Fund referred to in section 36;“hostel” means a hostel established under section 12 for the purpose of providing accommodation to students of a teachers’ education college;“Minister” means the Minister responsible for higher education;“Ministry” means the Ministry charged with the administration of affairs relating to higher education;“NCHE” means the National Council on Higher Education established by section 4 of the Higher Education Act, 2003;“Permanent Secretary” means the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry;“Public Service Act” means the Public Service Act, 1995 (Act No. 13 of 1995);“recognized teachers’ union” means a teachers’ union registered in terms of section 54 of the Labour Act, 1992 (Act No. 6 of 1992);[The Labour Act 6 of 1992 has been replaced by the Labour Act 11 of 2007. Section 16 of Act 11 of 2007 provides that “any reference to a provision of the previous Act must be read as if it were a reference to the corresponding provision of this Act, in so far as possible”.]“rector” means the rector of a teachers’ education college appointed in terms of section 16 or a person acting in that capacity by virtue of section 17;“regulation” means a regulation made under section 44;“rule” means a rule made under section 34;“Secretariat” means the Secretariat to the Advisory Council established by section 10;“student” means a person who is registered in terms of section 31 as a student for a particular course of study at a teachers’ education college;“students’ representative council” means the students’ representative council of a teachers’ education college recognized in terms of section 25;“teacher” means a person whose occupation is to teach others at an institution at which education is provided;“Teachers’ Education and Training Fund” means a Teachers’ Education and Training Fund established under section 35 for a teachers’ education college;“teachers’ education college” means a teachers’ education college established under section 12;“this Act” includes the rules and regulations made under thereunder.
2. Object of ActThe object of this Act is to provide for the establishment of teachers’ education colleges for the education and training of students and serving teachers in order to enable them to obtain the necessary qualifications or to better such qualifications.
3. Determination of general policy in respect of the education and training of teachersThe Minister may, after consultation with the Advisory Council, determine the general policy which is to be pursued in respect of the education and training of teachers in order to ensure that -
ADVISORY COUNCIL ON TEACHERS’ EDUCATION AND TRAINING
4. Establishment of Advisory CouncilThere is hereby established an advisory council to be known as the Advisory Council on Teachers’ Education and Training.
5. Functions of Advisory CouncilThe Advisory Council must advise the Minister on -
6. Composition of Advisory Council
7. Tenure of office of Advisory Council
8. Meetings and decisions of Advisory Council
9. Allowances of members of Advisory Council and other expenses
10. Secretariat to Advisory Council
11. Accommodation and other facilitiesThe Ministry must facilitate the acquisition of the accommodation and other facilities required by the Advisory Council or the Secretariat for the performance of any work related to the functions of any such body.
TEACHERS’ EDUCATION COLLEGES
Part I – Establishment and closure of teachers’ education colleges
12. Establishment of teachers’ education colleges
13. Closure of teachers’ education colleges
Part 2 – Determination by Minister of admission and other requirements and standards applicable to teachers’ education colleges
14. Determination of admission and other requirements and standards
Part 3 – Governance and staffing of teachers’ education colleges, and related matters
15. Institutional structureA teachers’ education college established under section 12 must have -
19. Board of teachers’ education college
20. Functions of boardThe board of a teachers’ education college must, subject to this Act, govern the college and exercise general control over the facilities and the affairs and functions of the college and must further -
21. Tenure of office of board
22. Meetings and decisions of board
23. Committees of board
24. Allowances of members of board and of committees and other expenses
25. Students’ representative council
26. Staff establishment at teachers’ education collegeThe staff establishment at a teachers’ education college consists of such teaching staff, administrative staff, and other staff as may, subject to the Public Service Act and this Act, be appointed by the Permanent Secretary for such college.
27. Departments and other academic units
28. Institution of courses of study
29. Medium of instructionThe English language must be used as medium of instruction at all teachers’ education colleges, except in the instruction of any other language as a subject at teachers’ education colleges in which event that other language may be used as medium of instruction.
30. Examinations, diplomas and certificates
31. Admission and registration of students
32. Tuition, boarding and other feesA student at a teachers’ education college -
33. Disciplinary measuresA student at a teachers’ education college or a boarder accommodated in a hostel of that college is subject to such code of conduct and disciplinary measures and procedures as the board of the college may by rule prescribe.
34. Rules by board
Part 4 – Teachers’ Education and Training Funds
35. Establishment of a Teachers’ Education and Training Fund
36. Administration of a Teachers’ Education and Training Fund
37. Accounting responsibility
Part 5 – Investigation and monitoring of teachers’ education colleges
38. Appointment of committees to investigate and monitor
39. Allowances of members of committees and other expenses
40. Offences and penalties
41. Assignment of functions
42. Preservation of secrecyNo person may disclose any information obtained by him or her in the performance of his or her functions in terms of this Act, except -
43. Limitation of liabilityNo person, including the State, is liable in respect of anything done or omitted in good faith and not attributable to gross negligence in the performance of any function in terms of this Act.
45. Transitional arrangements and savings
46. Short title and commencementThis Act is called the Teachers’ Education Colleges Act, 2003, and comes into operation on a date to be determined by the Minister by notice in the Gazette.
History of this document
15 March 2023 this version
Amended by Abolition of Payment by Cheque Act, 2022
01 April 2005
30 December 2003
Published in Government Gazette number 3124Read this version
21 December 2003