It is established in this research project that recognition of competence does not begin when a person takes on employment. For reasons alluded to in this project, it begins when a candidate is selected for initial teacher education and training. However, recognition of competence is a model that applies different methods or modes of recognition. These methods have been identified, their differences are indicated and the variations used according to the level of competence are clarified as well. Recognition of competence represents a new way of managing human resources in education. It is a model which emerges from paradigm shifts and the need for quality service in education. This model includes mechanisms of managing quality and standards such as the South African Qualifications Authority, National Qualifications Framework, National Standards Bodies, Standard Generating Bodies and Education and Training Qualifications Authority. The researcher identified key areas of success in the present and erstwhile recognition systems. However, it was found that these systems were inadequate for the retention of teachers. In a bid to search for solutions, the research unravelled recognition systems used in the private sector. Literature study revealed, in this regard, that there are inadequacies as well. The system in the private sector was severely affected by policies of the past dispensation. Nevertheless, it seems recognition of competence is well on its early stages in the education sector. Consequently, there is an emphasis on competencies to advance South Africa in world markets. The challenge of raising standards so as to make South Africa competitive . begins with empowerment and capacity building. Empowerment and capacity . building are complementary approaches in recognition of competence. These approaches recognise the inadequacies and disparities of the past. It is from this consideration that the fundamentals of recognition of competence are refocused on levelling the playing fields. In each case, the approaches are evaluated by pointing out the advantages and disadvantages. In order to establish the basis from literature review, the researcher used empirical research. Consequently, the theories on recognition of competence, empowerment and capacity building were complemented and verified by unravelling the real situation. Interviews and surveys were conducted. The findings reveal that there are a myriad of challenges and problems that still plague education. The researcher suggested guidelines to overcome the challenges and problems. Finally, whilst it is acknowledged that there are some good initiatives from the Department of Education, much is still to be done with regard to recognition of competence. The researcher made conclusions, recommendations on how to navigate our way out of these problems, and pointed out areas that need further research.
Thesis (PhD (Education Management))--University of Pretoria, 2007.