Java to Delphi in SA schools: the cost

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
Totals ±R285,000 ±65,000 ±35,000 ±90,000

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.

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