Retraining teachers from the 4 provinces that use Java in its Information Technology (IT) curriculum to switch to Delphi will cost an estimated R950,000, according to the Department of Basic Education (DBE).
The cost estimate is broken down in a circular issued by the Department in which it defends its decision to scrap Java as an option for the IT subject taught at some high schools in South Africa.
DBE recommended separate 2-day training workshops for grade 11 and 12 teachers.
It suggested the following focus for the grade 11 workshop:
- Delphi IDE (GUI)
- Delphi syntax
- Delphi and Database
For the grade 12 workshop, DBE suggested the following focus areas:
- Delphi and database
- Own class
|Item / Province||Kwa-Zulu Natal||Mpumalanga||Northern Cape||Western Cape|
|Number of teachers||92||18||8||60|
|1 night @ R1,500 (incl. breakfast and dinner)||R138,000||R27,000||R12,000||R90,000|
|2x Lunch @ R150 ea.||R27,600||R5,400||R2,400||R18,000|
|Travel @ average 300km/person current fuel rate (R3.90/km)||R107,640||R21,060||R9,360||R70,200|
|Travel & accomodation for presenter from TUT (plane ticket + 1 night accomodation)||R7,000||R7,000||R7,000||R7,000|
|Printing cost for training material||R3,000||R3,000||R3,000||R3,000|
According to DBE, the number of teachers per province is estimated from the number of schools offering IT in the province as per NSC 2012 results.
It also indicated that teachers from Mpumalanga already had 1 day of training in April 2013 at their own cost and may require less training.