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education90The Citizen reports that the Department of Basic Education (DBE) has dismissed media reports claiming that teachers were leaving the public education system in droves.  

“We are not sure where the narrative that our teachers are leaving the public education system en-mass is coming from, this is simply not true.  As our data indicates, we are retaining more teachers in the public system and our supply of teachers has tripled over the past few years.  We do not anticipate that we will experience a crisis at any point,” said DBE spokesperson Elijah Mhlanga.  The department added that, contrary to the claims, it had actually seen an increase in the number of teachers remaining in the public education system.  “Looking at five financial years up to the end of March 2017, it shows that attrition due to resignation decreased drastically between financial years 2015/16 and 2016/17 from 8,619 to 5,211.  Overall, attrition due to resignation of teachers leaving the system accounts for about 1.9% of all educators,” said Mhlanga.  There are approximately 410,000 teachers in the public education system placed at 25,000 schools across the country, with responsibility for educating 12.9 million learners.

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