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"It seems there's still a long way to go before the academic makeup of schools in South Africa is reflective of student bodies. A snap survey by the Sunday Times of state schools across the country, which charge annual fees of R36,000 and above, has revealed a startling lack of diversity among academic staff. Of 19 schools asked to participate in the survey, 10 responded and revealed that 80% of teachers at those schools are white. Jaco Deacon, national operations officer at the Federation of Governing Bodies of SA Schools, isn't surprised."

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"Without question, teachers are central to student success. Anyone who has taught knows how rewarding it is to witness student learning. Teaching can also be one of the most stressful, demanding, and undersupported professions, leading to national teacher strikes, shortages, and high rates of turnover. In fact, research shows that 46% of teachers report high levels of daily stress, which affects their health, quality of life, and teaching performance, and costs U.S. schools billions of dollars each year."

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"The landscape and environment of the classroom have changed with the new innovative methods being used and children appearing to be more outspoken than before.

Executive director of the National Professional Teachers Organisation (Naptosa) Basil Manuel joins CapeTalk host Abongile Nzelenzele to give insight into the teaching profession, why some teachers are losing control of classrooms, and whether the profession is under threat."

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"A recent report has revealed the extent to which teachers in South Africa are struggling to cope with the various demands put upon them in the classroom. Teachers were interviewed for The Human Factor Report: Do Teachers in South Africa Make the Grade? The report revealed that many teachers feel overwhelmed and often feel they must step into the role of a 'proxy parent'."

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"Everyone seems to be dancing around the elephant in the room. Jeremy Corbyn is talking about scrapping Sats. The DfE is on the workload warpath. Ofsted is myth-busting itself out of the dark ages into the 21st century, saying it doesn’t care about marking any more. Almost a third of teachers quit in the first five years, and those who stay are burning out in record numbers."

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"The World Economic Forum’s Global Information Technology Report 2016, which ranks the quality of education in 139 countries, placed South Africa 137th. Although its methodology has been criticised, other international assessments, such as the TIMSS (Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study) and PIRLS (Progress in International Reading Literacy Study), have reported similar poor levels of educational achievement in South Africa."

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"In a good system, a child in a rural poorer community and a child in a wealthier urban suburb should have an equally good teacher standing in front of them every day. But,  when we look at the data on how teachers are trained in South Africa, it is clear that our system still sets teachers up for failure long before they even enter the classroom – and in the process further disadvantages the children they teach."

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"Now that the matric results have been released, the spotlight is on South Africa’s education and the performance of both the government and independent schooling systems.

Even as high pass rates, distinctions, and exemptions are celebrated, the question at hand is: Are the standards in South African schools rigorous and do they prepare South African children to compete with their peers internationally?"

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"Every day‚ tens of thousands of school children are being taught by teachers who aren’t qualified to do the job.

The result is that pupils are “not receiving the quality of teaching they’re supposed to be getting”‚ the South African Democratic Teachers’ Union (SADTU) has admitted.

And with mathematics and the sciences the subjects hardest hit‚ education authorities say the solution to the problem might have to come from outside South Africa’s borders.

Responding to a parliamentary question by the Democratic Alliance‚ the national education department recently admitted that 5‚139 teachers – the vast majority of which are in rural KwaZulu-Natal‚ which stands at the heart of the problem – are either unqualified or under-qualified."

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"South Africa produced more engineers than schoolteachers in 2009, which suggests that education planning and priorities need urgent revision. We produced 8 426 engineers in 2009 but only 6 856 teachers, a figure far short of the required target for 2014 of 12 000,” said the University of the Witwatersrand’s registrar, Kirti Menon. “Is there something wrong with our planning and are our ­priorities wrong?”

Formerly the acting deputy director general for universities in the department of higher education and training, Menon was speaking last week at this year’s first “Teachers Upfront” seminar, which focused on the professional development of teachers. It was the fifth in the series, a partnership of the Wits school of education, the University of Johannesburg’s education faculty, the Bridge education network and the Mail & Guardian."

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"Extreme negative emotions, like fear, can have a devastating effect on a student’s ability to learn. Fear amps up threat perception and aggression. It can also subsequently make it hard for children to understand causal relationships, or to change their mind as context changes.

Even when conditions are ideal, think of all the emotions that are involved in mastering a hard subject like algebra: curiosity, excitement, frustration, confusion, dread, delight, worry and, hopefully, perseverance and joy. You’ve got to have an educated emotional vocabulary to maneuver through all those stages."

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