Lack of confidence causes bunking

A study by the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC), Stanford University in the US and the University of Botswana last year revealed that South Africa's teachers bunking lessons were 'a cause' for poor academic achievements by pupils.

The study, which compared schools in Botswana and in the Northern Cape, revealed that some teachers bunked classes because they did not like teaching, or were not confident about teaching certain subjects because they were not trained in them.

The National Planning Commission's diagnostic report revealed that teachers were mostly absent from school on Mondays and Fridays.

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