This week the Teaching and Learning International Survey (Talis)(PDF) was released where South Africa was one of 48 countries which took part in the study.

According to Sowetan Live, this was the first time that South Africa took part and it involved 2 046 teachers and 169 school principals.

Upon the release of the survey, Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga made some comments during a keynote address, saying she believes that SA’s basic education is “firmly on the rise.”

“Today I am not going to stand here and say it’s time to pop the champagne because our basic education is slowly and surely reclaiming its place among the economies and countries of our similar size and budget,” explained Motshekga.

The publication adds that the survey found that teaching was the first career choice for 49 percent of teachers, which is the lowest among all countries surveyed, and that 97 percent said they become teachers to influence children’s development or contribute to society.

“On some occasions when we reported results of some international studies these have been greeted with disbelief and despair during the times when our learners outcomes were below par. Indeed if such happens, despair is understandable. I am glad to say that today, we are not adding to your burden or negative vibes,” added the Minister.

[Source – Sowetan Live] [Image – CC 0 Pixabay]