Basic Education Department needs a few lessons in 21st-century learning
DATE: 23 August 2021
AUTHOR: Daily Maverick
Most teachers are under-resourced, underpaid, overburdened, inadequately skilled – and expected to shove a one-size-fits-all curriculum set for high academic achievers into the heads of learners squashed into classrooms of up to 100.
HSRC senior research manager Lolita Winnaar looked at the Timss results through the prism of teacher challenges and prevailing school contexts. She concluded that the majority of learners in no-fee schools (67%) attended schools where teachers faced challenges such as too many learners in the class, no time to give individual attention, too many administrative tasks and too many teaching hours.
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