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Teacher shortage crisis affects half SA's schools

By Tebogo Monama Education Reporter | Jun 18, 2012 | COMMENTS [ 3 ]

MORE than half of the schools in the country rely on temporary teachers.

There are at least 25,850 such schools and by the end of March 15,087 of them had vacancies for teachers.

According to the Department of Basic Education the posts have been filled with temporary teachers "until such time as the recruitment process to fill them permanently is completed".

According to research done by the Centre for Development and Enterprise last year South Africa needs 25,000 new teachers every year in order to cope with pupil demand.

At least 4000 teachers retire every year.

Earlier this year Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga said 6641 schools across the country had fewer than six teachers, and more than 20000 teachers were forced to practise "multi-grade teaching", in some instances teaching as many as four grades in one class.

Eastern Cape has the largest number of schools - 2,333 - with fewer than six teachers, followed by KwaZulu-Natal with 1,131 schools.

A total of 561 schools in KwaZulu-Natal needed additional maths teachers, with 557 needing maths literacy teachers and 508 requiring more science teachers.

The shortage was supposed to be met by Funza Lushaka graduates. The Funza Lushaka bursary scheme offers bursaries to university students to study towards an education degree.

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"There is no crisis at schools"

Jun 18, 2012 9:44 | 0 replies

I thought Angie Motshekga said there was no crisis in SAn education and that blade the communist is hard at campaigning for zuma's second term in spite glaring failures affecting amongst other sectors education?

Jun 18, 2012 10:7 | 0 replies

Jaa neh, you know during the home lands there were so many teachers colleges all over. You the ANC closed it, all of them. Now you telling us about the shortage.Short term thinking! not thinking about 15 years to come what will happen to teaching then! the colleges were closer to lots of villages in terms of saving parents lots of money beacuse kids use to walk or used busses. Youth of that time used to know what to do after matric because there were resources and options to choose from. Now Universities are crowded and shut its door on the face of other learners. where is the solution to this? No one is thinking about the solution because the minister is denying and the other one is all over the country doing the political things than serving the country!

Jun 18, 2012 10:54 | 0 replies