ANALYSIS: SA must up its game and produce more teachers

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What South Africa needs to do to recruit the number of teachers needed to offer quality education.

A Unesco report, which examined the number of teachers that each country needs, found that sub-Saharan Africa needs an additional 6.3 million teachers if it’s to attain universal primary education by 2030.

But between 18,000 and 22,000 teachers leave the profession every year. This figure is higher than teachers who join the profession. Teachers are regarded as the essential drivers of a good quality education system. If South Africa can’t successfully recruit, retain, and train enough suitably qualified teachers it won’t be able to provide quality education to the citizens to meet the country’s social and economic needs.There are a number of contributors to the country’s escalating teacher shortage. These include:

There’s also an oversupply of teachers in certain subjects and also in certain geographical locations – such teachers are at times not absorbed by the system. There’s also a shortage of qualified teachers to teach content subjects in specific languages, for example, teaching life sciences in Afrikaans, foundation phase, and technical subjects.

Such a plan will allow the Department of Basic Education to recruit teachers from neighbouring countries while developing capacity to replace migrant teachers. A longer-term view needs to look into investing resources in initial teacher education through funding of student teachers.

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