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Huge lack of qualified teachers

South African schools continue to struggle to fill thousands of vacancies for teachers, a trend which threatens to further scupper government’s efforts to improve educational outcomes.

Teacher shortages, especially in gateway subjects such as maths and science, are seen as a key contributor to SA’s poor educational outcomes. On Tuesday, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga revealed in a reply to a parliamentary question that the country had a total of 15,888 teacher vacancies as at June 2017. The worst affected provinces were Limpopo (5,000 vacancies), Eastern Cape (2,182 vacancies) and Mpumalanga (over 2,000 vacancies).

Limpopo and the Eastern Cape have in recent years consistently underperformed and remained at the bottom of the class in terms of matric results. Education analyst Graeme Bloch said the government had in recent years focused on building more schools and neglected the need to produce "high-calibre teachers".

Source: SA Labour News



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