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Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga ( Jenni Evans, News24)
Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga ( Jenni Evans, News24)

Pupils lose about 40% of learning time every year in South African schools because teachers habitually skip classes, according to a study by the Centre for Development and Enterprise.

The study, released on August 1 and titled Teacher Professional Standards for South Africa: The Road to Better Performance, Development and Accountability?, attributed the loss of learning time to the failure of the current model of teacher assessment – the Integrated Quality Management System (IQMS).

The report said the teacher-assessment model had been weakened to such a degree that teachers were getting performance points for attending staff meetings and not for targeting tangible gains to improve teaching and learning in schools.

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