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education blackboard thumb medium80 92BusinessLive reports that the Department of Basic Education (DBE) is stuck with more than 5,000 underqualified or unqualified teachers it cannot eliminate because of a tremendous shortage of teachers.  

On Monday, DBE spokesman Elijah Mhlanga confirmed the figures, but said removing the unqualified teachers from the system would create a crisis.  Unqualified teachers are those whose highest academic qualification is matric, while underqualified teachers are those who have obtained a post-matric qualifications, but have received fewer than three years of on-the-job training.  These teachers are on the same salary scale as qualified colleagues.  Most of them are based in KwaZulu-Natal, one of the provinces worst affected by shortages.  The Centre for Development and Enterprise (CDE) has recommended that the government provide high-quality training and meaningful professional support and development opportunities to teachers to enable them to improve their performance.

  • Read this report by Michelle Gumede in full at BusinessLive

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