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South Africa will struggle to break free from vicious teaching cycle

10% of the country’s teachers are absent from school each day.

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. 

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The problem is not teaching. To build a pyramid some other stuff as learning is required. Commonly known as thinking. Results for the past thousands of years are impressive, sometimes unbelievable. From the massive pyramid to nuclear power all became possible by thinking man. Results depend on a unknown help called IQ. The unknown tool no money or teaching can buy, or learn to use. This shaped history of this planet. Today’s world is not different from the past. To be a Einstein, Rembrandt, or beggar is not, and never was, depended on education. Luck, yes, especial the place of the cradle.

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