Faizel Patel, Radio Islam News - 02-07-2019
The Basic Education Department says despite the violence in schools and the state of the schooling infrastructure in South Africa, teachers continue to remain committed to their profession and the work they do.
The Teaching and Learning International Research Study (Talis) has found that at least 97% of teachers in South Africa cite the opportunity to influence children’s development or contribute to society, as a major workplace motivation.
The Talis report was conducted in 48 countries.
Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga released the results of the Talis Research Study at Nellmapius Secondary School on Tuesday.
Speaking to Radio Islam, the Basic Education Department’s Elijah Mhlanga says despite difficult conditions teachers work in, they remain committed to making a difference to the learners they teach.
“Our teachers are still committed to the work that they do and you also referred to the finding on why the teachers come into the sector. The reason is not money, it’s about them being able to influence learners and giving them direction in terms of what they can become in the future.”
Mhlanga says they department will also play close attention to the recommendations made in the Talis report.
“If teachers are finding their work difficult, it means that the results will also not show. The issue of class size is one which is also being recommended as an issue that the department needs to look into because they do say the size of the class can influence the performance of the learners.”
South Africa is the only African country represented in a list that includes Australia, Japan, Korea, Norway, the United States and the United Kingdom.
Listen to the interview with Elijah Mhlanga