SA teacher shortage about to get worse

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has said that the country is sitting with an “uncomfortable bulge” of ageing teachers who would be lost to the system in the next 10 years.

Motshekga was speaking at a briefing on Sunday about resolutions adopted at the Council of Ministers’ meeting last week, according to the Cape Times.

Motshekga said many qualified teachers are between the ages of 45 and 55. That means those in the 55 age bracket will be quitting the system in 10 years. Some may retire at 60.

She says the idea is to increase teacher recruitment. They are doing this by beginning a process of profiling all teachers in the system.

Kieno spoke to the Minister's spokesperson Troy Martens.

The website CareerJet currently lists vacancies for 524 teachers while there are 138 vacancies listed on the ISASA website for private schools.

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