Wednesday, August 05, 2015

DBE has noted the Auditor General’s findings

Melon Radebe
5 August 2015

The Department of Basic Education says it has noted the report by the Auditor General in terms of unqualified and under-qualified teachers for the year 2013.

The AG’s report has found that half of the teachers in Grade R do not have the minimum qualifications to teach in that grade.

The report further states that, in 2013, 16 520 of the 21 207 Grade R teachers, did not have a Diploma to teach, in line with the national qualification framework.

The audit was conducted in 2014 and found that in fact the number was 12 300. Since then, the teachers have been put through four universities where their qualifications are being upgraded.

Departmental Spokesperson Elijah Mhlanga said, “’We need to assist them to obtain the requisite qualifications that will enable them to assist them to teach at Grade R level.

He said, “This we need to do because there is a huge demand for education at the foundation phase and we cannot continue to exclude learners who should be in school simply because the teachers we have are not qualified.”



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