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 critical lack of qualified mathematics and science teachers.
Teacher internships provide an alternative, robust training model to supply quality teachers in the scarce subject areas of mathematics and science. 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.