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05 August 2010

SA teachers get an F

It's official: SA's schools are of the worst in the world. A radical overhaul is needed, says ex-teacher Susan Erasmus. Here's what needs to be done.

It's official: SA's schools are of the worst in the world. A radical overhaul is needed, says ex-teacher Susan Erasmus. Here's what needs to be done.

The World Economic Forum report summarises the reason for the importance of basic education succinctly:

  • You're on your feet for about 7 hours a day
  • You have anything between 30 and 60 (sometimes more) kids to control, to educate, and to nurture at any given time
  • You're basically on stage all day every day
  • You're an educator, an administrator, a social worker, an adjudicator and a substitute parent
  • If the kids run riot, the teacher always gets the blame for it
  • You earn so little that it would be impossible to pay rent and pay off a secondhand car at the same time
  • You go home with heaps of marking and admin, and then you have to basically also write your own scripts for the next day's performance (about 7 hours' worth)

 
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