Teachers: thousands unqualified

2010-12-09 00:00

NEW disclosures about unqualified teachers in KZN have raised eyebrows again.

There are 9 003 unqualified teachers in KZN’s public schools. Of these, 20 don’t have matric, while 8 317 only have grade 12.

Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga made this admission while answering a question by the Democratic Alliance in Parliament.

In a statement yesterday, DA MP Alf Lees said Motshekga and KZN MEC Senzo Mchunu should hang their heads in shame because their departments continue to condone a situation in which some 400 000 pupils are taught by unqualified teachers in mainly impoverished schools.

“It’s an education no better and possibly worse than that imposed on black children by the apartheid government,” Lees said.

In reply to DA parliamentary question earlier in the year it emerged that more than 1 700 science teachers are not qualified to teach the subject.

This means that at least 50 000 pupils learning science in the country are not taught by qualified teachers. KZN had 27% of the unqualified teachers in this field.

The province was among the poorest performers in science out of all provinces in the 2009 National Senior Certificate examination.

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