education blackboard thumb medium80 92BusinessLive reports that Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga said on Monday that the lack of sufficiently qualified and competent teachers remained a major problem in SA, with KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) the worst affected province.  

She revealed that on average about 60% of all unqualified and underqualified educators were appointed in KZN’s rural districts such as Zululand, uThukela and uThungulu.  SA has about 420,000 teachers.  The Department of Basic Education revealed in 2013 that there were slightly more than 7,000 unqualified teachers.  In a written response to questions in Parliament, Motshekga said that out of a total of 5,139 who lacked the requisite skills in 2016, 2,875 were in KZN.  Subjects most affected included maths, sciences and technology at all levels and African language teaching, particularly at the foundation phase.

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