South Africa: Stop Blaming Teachers - a Collaborative Model Can Fix Our Schools

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A collaborative service delivery model promises to alleviate the burden of unreasonable tasks among teachers and, in turn, allow them to concentrate on meeting standards for pedagogy. What is more, professionals will be able to generate innovative solutions to students' physical and emotional needs.

A recent report published by the Centre for Risk Analysis at the Institute of Race Relations revealed that "education is the single greatest obstacle to socio-economic advancement in South Africa". As opposed to bolstering socio-economic advancement, the quality of education in many public schools exacerbates poverty and inequality. Consequently, countless South Africans remain caught in a poverty trap.

Skimming through scholarly and non-scholarly publications about the South African education system reveals that the finger is typically pointed at teachers. While of the rate of absenteeism, late coming and turnover among teachers show that there is some merit in allegations of mediocracy, blaming teachers for the quality of education in public schools has not offered a long-term, sustainable solution. In fact, it has led to the stigmatisation of the teaching occupation and, in turn, contributed to teacher attrition.

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Publish date : 2018-10-08 13:47:23
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