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18 June 2017

Teachers overworked

The New Age

The strain taken by teachers due to increased administrative work and difficult working conditions have been cited as reasons for high absenteeism.

This follows the release of a report by the Human Sciences Research Council titled The Health of Educators indicating that absenteeism of 20 days or more was highest among white teachers at 21.4%, those aged 18-24 years at 39.2% and those in the Northern Cape at 28.4%.

The most common types of reported leave were sick leave (66.6%), leave to attend funerals (13%), special leave to care for a sick person (9.8%) as well as other special leave (18.8%).

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The New Age

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