Primary and Secondary Education Ministry communication and advocacy director Taungana Ndoro said that the monitoring of teacher attendance in schools will be intensified this week as more pupils return to school.
Next year’s examination classes — Grade 6, Form 3 and Lower Sixth — will commence school tomorrow under the Phase Two reopening plan.
Taungana revealed that provincial and district education officers will intensify daily assessments of teachers’ attendance registers at schools to establish staffing gaps which could be covered by hiring more teachers.
Education Minister Cain Mathema recently said Government has recruited 2 300 teachers, with an additional 3 000 to ensure Standard Health Operating Procedures are effected properly.
The National Association of School Heads president Arthur Maphosa said the government has availed adequate personal protective equipment (PPE) but the unavailability of teachers is still a challenge. Said Maphosa:
The biggest issue now is that there are no adequate teachers. Some mission schools have teachers because there were arrangements made between the schools and parents.
However, in rural and most public schools there are no teachers. At times the attendance register shows that only two out of 47 would have reported for duty, with the two being the head of the school and the deputy.
Schools reopened last month starting with examination classes – Grade 7, Form 4 and Upper Sixth – on 28 September. The rest of the classes will open on November 9.More: The Sunday Mail
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