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06 September 2017

Absent teachers “a serious problem” for the public education system

The New Age

The national department of basic education has recognised absenteeism as “a serious problem”.  The problem is persistent at both primary and high schools.  A recent Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) report indicated that one-third of teachers reported absent during 2014.  “Absenteeism of 20 days or more was reported predominately among whites (21.4%), those aged 18-24 years (39.2%), teaching in urban informal areas (17.1%) and in the Northern Cape (28.4%).”  An earlier study commissioned by Unicef found that schools in poorer areas suffered the most.

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The New Age

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