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sadtu90BusinessLive reports that the SA Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu) has called on the government to incentivise teachers better so that large numbers opt to teach in rural areas.  

Sadtu’s Mugwena Maluleke said on Sunday that one of the key issues raised at the union’s national general council last week was the lack of teachers in rural areas.  He said it did not make sense for the government not to incentivise teachers to leave the comforts of urban life in order to teach in rural areas.  SA has a teacher shortage in general, but this is compounded in rural areas, where infrastructure is severely limited.  One suggestion was to exempt teachers in rural schools from certain taxes.  Department of Basic Education spokesman Elijah Mhlanga said that the issue of incentivising teachers for deployment to rural areas was a continuing discussion that had been on the negotiating table for a while.  He added that the department was willing to continue discussions on how to supply rural schools with quality teachers.  For now, the department had roped in education nongovernmental organisation Teach SA to recruit young graduates for placement in rural schools.

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