SA teachers absent for 19 days annually

Angie Motshekga said one of the main reasons for teacher absenteeism was a lack of proper management.

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga says teacher absenteeism is unacceptable.

CAPE TOWN - Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga on Tuesday said one of the main reasons for teacher absenteeism was a lack of proper management at schools.

The minister revealed that public school teachers are absent from work for an average of 19 days annually.

She said the number was far higher than Southern African Development Community (Sadc) counterparts.

Motshekga said poor school management and the burden of disease were contributing factors.

"It's management and serious neglect of duties and responsibilities. As a teacher, I find it extremely embarrassing for professionals to be told they have to be in class on time, teaching."

The minister said her department had taken measures to enforce teacher accountability, including staff attendance registers.

Meanwhile, teachers from two rural schools in Limpopo last week said had not yet received textbooks.

However, the Department of Education disputed this.

In 2012, Limpopo schools were forced to go for several months without textbooks after the department failed to deliver them.