Where are all the black teachers?

It seems there's still a long way to go before the academic makeup of schools in South Africa is reflective of student bodies.

A snap survey by the Sunday Times of state schools across the country, which charge annual fees of R36,000 and above, has revealed a startling lack of diversity among academic staff.

Of 19 schools asked to participate in the survey, 10 responded and revealed that 80% of teachers at those schools are white.

Jaco Deacon, national operations officer at the Federation of Governing Bodies of SA Schools, isn't surprised.

Most staffrooms don't really reflect the diversity within the school community.

Jaco Deacon, National operations officer - Federation of Governing Bodies of SA Schools

The latest data indicates that the number of students studying to become educators is mostly white females.

Jaco Deacon, National operations officer - Federation of Governing Bodies of SA Schools

Read: Rustenburg SGB: Allegations against school didn't support a finding of racism

Deacon says representation is key - and that children of colour must be able to see role models at the schools they attend.

It's vital for a school community that if your demographics and your learners change - if you used to be an all-white school and now you've got black, coloured and Indian kids in your school - they must look up to role models in the staff room as well.

Jaco Deacon, National operations officer - Federation of Governing Bodies of SA Schools

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