Overcrowded classrooms: Affecting the quality of teaching

Most government schools and colleges in South Africa have overcrowded classrooms, where the teachers struggle to deliver effective lessons to over 50-60 children. However, some public educational institutions are an exception as the teachers outnumber students there.

Speaking to Africa Melane on the Weekend Breakfast Show, Maryke Bailey - History Teacher said, the reality is that, our teacher are working with larger classes, and we must explore different ways on how we can deal with that, and look at creative ways in which teachers can teach effectively in those conditions.

We are definitely failing our children in terms of resources and class sizes, but the problem is bigger than that. There is a teaching crisis in South Africa. We are not producing teacher excellence across the board, and the resources and the overcrowding are parts of the problems.

Maryke Bailey - History Teacher

Every year we invest a lot of money on education in South Africa, but we tend to overlook the basics. Until we look at the quality of our teachers and restrict the teaching entry requirements - making sure that we are getting the cream of the crop from our society, people who are talented and have a passion for teaching, we are going to be pouring money down the drain.

Maryke Bailey - History Teacher

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