Half of all South African pupils who attended school for five years can’t do basic calculations. This is according to a 2015 TIMMS report on mathematics achievements among Grade 5 learners in South Africa. At the same time, it’s calculated that 10% of the country’s teachers are absent from school each day.
Given that teacher quality is one of the biggest factors determining the learning outcomes of students, what will it take to improve teacher quality and professionalism in the country?
Natasha Robinson, PhD candidate and research consultant from the University of Oxford, talks to Classic Business Breakfast with Moneyweb about what needs to be done to affect change in SA’s education system.