Report: 10% of teachers are absent daily at most South African public schools

A report released by the Human Sciences Research Council titled The Health of Educators depicts that one-third of teachers reported absent during 2014.

The report also found that 10% of teachers are absent daily at most South African public schools, with funerals contributing towards the absenteeism, while sick leave accounts for 66%.

Basic Education Department spokesperson Elijah Mhlanga tells the Midday Report stand-in host, Clement Manyathela that these numbers highlight a serious problem. It affects the ability to cover the curriculum adequately, he adds..

Mhlanga explains that they are engaging educators to find measures of improving attendance.

We even use school holidays and weekends to make up for lost time.

Elijah Mhlanga, Basic Education Department spokesperson

Tuesday marked the second day that matric pupils in Vuwani, Limpopo missed their preliminary exams after the residents declared yet another shutdown.

Mhlanga adds that although it is concerning, the department of education cannot intervene without the support of the residents in Vuwani.

Take a listen:


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
Mowbray learners want teacher accused of sexual assault out

Mowbray learners want teacher accused of sexual assault out

A learner explains concerns with having a teacher who has been charged with sexual assault being at the school.

KZN teacher suspended for caning pupils

KZN teacher suspended for caning pupils

The education department has a 24-hour ultimatum to find the second teacher seen in a video also lashing at pupils.

Drug-testing may help tackle school violence, says Gauteng education

Drug-testing may help tackle school violence, says Gauteng education

The department's Steve Mabona says drug-testing from Grade 8 may help curb the prevalent problem of substance abuse among pupils.

Khoisan language could soon be taught in WC schools

Khoisan language could soon be taught in WC schools

The WCED is awaiting approval from the Basic Education Dept to honour a request by Khoisan people to have Khoekhoegowab taught in schools.

OPINION: Teachers bunking school and using pay days for shopping

OPINION: Teachers bunking school and using pay days for shopping

A report has outlined how much schooling learners miss out out because of errant teachers.

St John's headmaster lied about transformation consultation, parent confirms

St John's headmaster lied about transformation consultation, parent confirms

St John's parent and Wits Professor, Sarah Nuttall, says the school's leadership has lost the trust of many parents.

"There's a concerted effort to alienate coloured educators"

"There's a concerted effort to alienate coloured educators"

Patriots for Equality's Anthony Williams says SADTU imposing black African teachers on the community is unfair, but MEC disagrees.

'Go slow by coloured teachers is about more than just race'

'Go slow by coloured teachers is about more than just race'

A Joburg resident says a row over the appointment of a black principal has more to do with issues of political marginalization.

Xolani Gwala weighs in on St John's racist teacher and principals response

Xolani Gwala weighs in on St John's racist teacher and principals response

St John's principal, Paul Eady is part of the problem, says Xolani Gwala.

Popular articles
Uber takes to the skies with Uber Air and Uber Copter

Uber takes to the skies with Uber Air and Uber Copter

Uber Air’s flying taxis are specifically designed for short trips. Bruce Whitfield interviews Stuff magazine’s Toby Shapshak.

SA’s richest woman opens up about being a refugee and becoming a billionaire

SA’s richest woman opens up about being a refugee and becoming a billionaire

Magda Wierzycka – Sygnia’s renegade CEO – on her attitude toward money (hopes and fears, successes and failures, etc.).

Your employer can ask your doctor to write an affidavit to support a sick note

Your employer can ask your doctor to write an affidavit to support a sick note

Law says if a traditional healer is part of medical council with a registered number he or she can write a medical certificate.

South Africans are getting poorer and poorer at an increasing rate

South Africans are getting poorer and poorer at an increasing rate

Bruce Whitfield interviews Mike Schussler (Economists.Co.Za), Busisiwe Radebe (Nedbank) and Edward Kieswetter (Sars).

[WATCH] 400-metre hurdle race goes viral as athlete dives through finish line

[WATCH] 400-metre hurdle race goes viral as athlete dives through finish line

Khabazela shares tweets and Facebook posts that have gone viral.

Meet Sandile Shabalala, CEO of black-owned and controlled TymeBank

Meet Sandile Shabalala, CEO of black-owned and controlled TymeBank

TymeBank has no branches and no monthly fees. Most transactions are free. Bruce Whitfield interviews its CEO.