Dan­ger pay for teach­ers?

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WHAT HAP­PENED TEACH­ING IN SOUTH AFRICA is head­ing for a dis­as­ter, news­pa­pers warn, with more and more teach­ers leav­ing the pro­fes­sion due to salary, cur­ricu­lum, work­load and dis­ci­pline prob­lems. Ac­cord­ing to trade unions, there could be a short­age of 50 000 teach­ers within three years be­cause teach­ing au­thor­i­ties are ig­nor­ing teach­ers’ prob­lems and rights. Cases of as­sault and even mur­der are oc­cur­ring with in­creas­ing reg­u­lar­ity.

WHAT OTH­ERS SAID DIE BURGER said it’s cause for con­cern that teach­ers are stay­ing away from school more of­ten due to stress. Teach­ers work un­der ex­tremely dif­fi­cult con­di­tions, with sys­tem­atic dis­ci­pline prob­lems, van­dal­ism, gangs and vi­o­lence the or­der of the day, the pa­per re­ported. Volks­blad said that teach­ers feel their rights van­ish the minute they en­ter a school’s grounds and that bet­ter con­di­tions are ur­gently re­quired.

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