The South African Mathematics and Science Teacher Intern Programme (SAMSTIP) was formerly called the M&E Programme. It draws on the quality education offered by ISASA member schools to help solve a root cause of South Africa’s pressing  skills shortage: the very small number of school-leavers, especially disadvantaged African learners, who pass mathematics, and the critical lack of qualified mathematics teachers.

The learner programme provides scholarships to grade 9 African learners from disadvantaged backgrounds, who have potential, but lack the opportunities to succeed in mathematics in their current schools. It does not select learners who are already performing well in public schools with good capacity. The selected learners are placed in Grade 10 to complete their schooling in participating ISASA member schools that have the commitment and expertise to develop disadvantaged learners in the FET phase.

The teacher internships provide an alternative, robust training model to supply quality teachers in the scarce subject areas of mathematics and English. Based on a decade of ISASA schools’ experience, they involve school-based training, mentoring, and completion of a university degree by the trainee teachers in member schools.

School-leavers, graduates and mid-career professionals will be targeted in the recruiting drive. The learnerships involve four years of study to obtain a degree in education, or two years (part-time) for a professional teaching qualification.

For more information please visit the M&E website.