The Institute of Race Relations (IRR) supports the call by Gavin Davis, for an in-depth review of teacher training and development.
In a statement, the Democratic Alliance’s Shadow Minister of Basic Education, Gavin Davis, said a presentation to Parliament based on the 2013 Southern and Eastern Africa Consortium for Monitoring Educational Quality report revealed that:
- For reading, the average score achieved by Grade 6 teachers dropped from a score of 758 in the 2007 study to 672 in the 2013 study;
- For mathematics, the average score achieved by Grade 6 teachers dropped from a score of 764 in the 2007 study to 757 in the 2013 study;
- Only 32.9 percent of Grade 6 teachers in the 2013 study demonstrated ‘critical reading’ skills compared to 77.8 percent in the 2007 study;
- 34.7 percent of Gr.6 pupils are below the required level for reading; and
- 54.6 percent of Gr. 6 pupils are below the required level for mathematics.
The IRR’s Head of Research Thuthukani Ndebele said that, “poor levels of performance in the school system condemn young generations of South Africans to unemployment, poverty, and dependency. A report to be published early next year shows that overall levels of achievement in the school system are low. Various problems ranging from dropout rates, to the absence of sufficient resources, and poor management exist. Not much is known about the extent to which the quality of teaching is responsible for poor outcomes. Therefore, an investigation into teacher training and development would be a good start.”
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