Key Points:

  • South Africa is producing too few teachers, especially in key subjects such as maths and science. Also, existing teachers spend too little time in the classroom and many teach poorly when they are in the classroom.
  • With research showing overwhelmingly that good teaching is vital for better student results, the Centre for Development and Enterprise (CDE) asked four experts to conduct in-depth studies of the supply of, demand for, and quality of South Africa’s teachers, particularly in respect of maths and science.
  • Their findings are summarised in a new CDE report – VALUE IN THE CLASSROOM: The quantity and quality of South Africa’s teachers
  • The South African education system is underperforming, particularly in terms of mathematics and science results in the National Senior Certificate (NSC) examinations.
  • Compared to many other developing countries, South Africa’s expenditure on education is not being matched by results.
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