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18 Nov 2005

Factsheet 3 : Time spend on administration-related activities

Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC)
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  • Educators in urban areas spend the highest average time on these activities compared to educators in semi-rural and rural areas.
  • Educators in secondary schools spend more time than educators in primary and combined schools in administration-related activities.
  • Female educators spend more time on assessment and evaluation while male educators spend more time on management and supervision – suggesting the domination of male educators in the management of schools.
  • Educators in formerly white schools reported significantly higher average time spent in admin-related activities; educators in former African (DET) schools and new schools reported spending the least time.
  • The amount of time spent on administration-related work declines with age and teaching experience.
  • Educators in the Senior Phase spend more time on administration-related activities than those in Foundation Phase.
  • Larger schools (with over 800 learners) spend more time on administration-related activities than smaller schools.
  • Educators with a class size of 30-35 learners spend the highest average time on administration-related activities, and those with 71-80 learners spend the lowest amount of time – this suggests that the more learners per class, the less educators are able to fulfil the expectations required of them.

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