How embarrassing! 300 teachers charged with educating youngsters didn’t pass a grade 3 English tests… what do you even learn in grade 3 English?


The department of (very) basic education’s Elijah Mahlangu has said that they’re aware of the gap in teacher training and that three hundred teachers – at a cost of about R1 billion – will be sent for further training.

“It’s nothing new really, because similar research has been done,” Mahlangu said

The department added that, as English is not the home language for many teachers, the figures shouldn’t come as a shock. Some folks aren’t good at maths, so they don’t become actuaries… if you’re not properly educated, should you really be charged with educating others?

A study by the Zenex Foundation revealed that 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.

Mahlangu added that the foundation’s research has provided the department with great insights.

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

Source: The Southafrican