KZN: plan for greater output of teachers in motion

2011-09-02 00:00

FOLLOWING an outcry over the shortage of teachers in the country and particularly in KwaZulu-Natal, the KZN Education Department has partnered with five universities in the province to produce at least 3 000 teachers annually.

Education MEC Senzo Mchunu told the legislature during his mid-term service delivery report that the universities are KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), the Durban University of Technology (DUT), Zululand (Unizul), University of South Africa (Unisa) and Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT).

KwaZulu-Natal loses on average about 4 500 teachers annually through resignations, death and retirement while absorbing only 700 teachers into the system, with the exception of 2011 where it was able to recruit 1 800 teachers.

Mchunu said the province also has about 7 000 unqualified and 7 000 under-qualified teachers.

He said about 4 739 KZN schools, representing 79,8%, are now no-fee schools as compared to 3 513 schools last year.

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