Survey reveals SA teachers 'emotionally overwhelmed'
A recent report has revealed the extent to which teachers in South Africa are struggling to cope with the various demands put upon them in the classroom.
Teachers were interviewed for The Human Factor Report: Do Teachers in South Africa Make the Grade?
The report revealed that many teachers feel overwhelmed and often feel they must step into the role of a 'proxy parent'.
David Harrison, CEO of DG Murray Trust, who compiled the report joined Clement Manyatela on the Xolani Gwala show on Monday.
He explained how the HIV/AIDS epidemic has impacted the dynamics of South African classrooms.
We must remember that a lot of our children are growing up without parents, and so teachers find themselves both having to teach the children and, in many instances, having to parent the children.David Harrison, CEO - DG Murray Trust
Very often teachers feel overwhelmed. They feel like everybody is blaming them for what is going on but we must understand the immense load that they are confronted with.David Harrison, CEO - DG Murray Trust
Harrison says teachers are not well equipped for the kind of problems they are faced with in schools.
Part of what we have to do as a country and the education system is to really look carefully at what we are expecting our teachers to do.David Harrison, CEO - DG Murray Trust
Because of the low results we are getting, we focus a lot on marks and we focus so much on trying to get the teachers have the skills to teach the children so that they can be better at school but we forget the whole emotional side of children and teachers themselves.David Harrison, CEO - DG Murray Trust
We need to review some of the things we regard as the major goals of education.David Harrison, CEO - DG Murray Trust
Harrison explains that teachers need support to be able to do their work as well as offering emotional support to children.
If we don't do it we are going to end with the type of situations we saw in schools in the last weeks.David Harrison, CEO - DG Murray Trust
I think we've made a mistake for the past 20 years where parents had the feeling that education starts at school, well it doesn't. Education starts the moment the baby is born.David Harrison, CEO - DG Murray Trust
To hear the rest of the conversation, listen below: