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education blackboard thumb medium80 92City Press reports that according to a study by the Centre for Development and Enterprise (CDE), pupils lose about 40% of learning time every year in SA schools because teachers habitually skip classes.  

The study, released on 1 August, attributed the loss of learning time to the failure of the current model of teacher assessment – the Integrated Quality Management System (IQMS).  The report said the teacher-assessment model had been weakened to such a degree that teachers were getting performance points for attending staff meetings and not for targeting tangible gains to improve teaching and learning in schools.  “Teachers go shopping on paydays.  They are doing extra jobs while they are full-time teachers,” an education expert commented.  The SA Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu) in 2013 proposed that the Quality Management System (QMS) replace IQMS.  “Until Sadtu has signed it off, it cannot be implemented.  It has been watered down by government because of politics,” the expert claimed.  Sadtu general secretary Mugwena Maluleke said allegations that the union had not signed the IQMS were false.

  • Read this report by Msindisi Fengu in full at City Press

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