Danger pay for teachers?
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.