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angiemotshekgaANA reports that Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga on Monday said the trend of teacher absenteeism from classrooms across the country was marginally growing and remained a cause for concern.  

Motshekga made the remarks upon releasing a report on the findings of the 2017 School Monitoring Survey (SMS).  The survey found that the national average for teacher absence on an average day was 10%, with wide variations noted within primary and secondary schools, as well as across provinces and quintiles.  "We note with apprehension that the 2017 survey found no discernable change in the rate of teacher absence, since 2011.  The survey recorded an increase in the national aggregate absence (from 8% to 10%) on an average day," Motshekga indicated.  She added:  "This is deeply troubling.  We must do more to support our teachers.  There’s a need to drill deeper into the statistics to understand this leave of absence phenomenon.”  The 2017 SMS revealed, however, that the national absence rate in SA "is roughly in line with international norms and that the small change compared to what was measured in 2011 should not be interpreted as evidence of a systematic or substantial increase in teacher absence."

  • Read the full original of the report by Jonsayi Maromo on this story at Independent News

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