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300 primary school teachers fail Grade 3 English test

Basic Education's Elijah Mahlangu says the department is aware English is challenging for some teachers.

Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Three hundred primary school teachers will be sent for training after they failed a Grade 3 English first additional language test.

The Basic Education Department says this should not come as a shock because English is not the home language of many teachers.

The Zenex Foundation found the English proficiency of the teachers tested in the Western Cape, the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal is comparable to that of a Grade 3 learner.

Basic Education's Elijah Mahlangu says the department is aware English is challenging for some teachers.

"It's nothing new really, because similar research has been done."

Mahlangu says the Zenex Foundation research has provided the Education department with valuable information.

"They've gone into greater detail to see exactly what it is in the English language that is giving the teachers a problem."

In total, more than R1 billion has been budgeted for teacher training.