Teachers spend less time in class - institute

The race relations institute finds that teachers often do not understand the subjects they teach.

Students at Umyezo Wama Apile Combined School in Grabouw. Picture: Janine Willemans/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Institute of Race Relations (SAIRR) on Sunday said teachers on average spend less than 50 percent of their teaching time in class each week. 

The institute also said educators often do not understand their subjects nor do they know how to teach them. 

As a result, many parents have turned to private schools for their children’s education. 

The SAIRR said the number of pupils in private schools has increased from 256,000 in 2000 to more than 450,000 in 2012. 

Meanwhile, The Gauteng Education Department said parents who have not yet completed their children's school applications for 2013 have until Friday, 27 Juy to do so.

The official closing date was last week, but authorities were forced to extend the date by a week because many parents failed to meet the application deadline.

The department’s spokesperson Charles Phahlane said it is important that parents hand in their applications on time as this will help officials prepare for the next academic year.

“When parents apply on time, it gives us the chance to order the required number of textbooks.”