Shortage of teachers a concern

MJ Matemane of Praktiseer writes:

A massive exodus is forcing the government to recruit from the pool of retired and unqualified teachers, particularly in maths, science and technology. This dire shortage will have adverse affects on the education of our children.

The first question is who is responsible for this? The second being who closed all the colleges of education and why? In this regard the blame is placed at the doorstep of the government. Teachers are leaving the profession in droves because of the poor working conditions. Among others, the following can be cited as reasons for their departure:

poor salary, ill-discipline among learners and teachers and interference from the unions to name but a few. Apart from the resignations cited above, the profession is losing teachers through natural causes such as death and bad health.

Others are leaving with the purpose of searching for greener pastures. Like I said earlier, these sufferers are our poor children. They are used as guinea pigs for the frequent changes in the curriculum. Unless something is being done to address this anomaly, the end result will be catastrophic.

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