Value in the Classroom: The Quantity and Quality of South Africa’s Teachers

"Teachers are at the centre of South Africa’s struggling school system. This report has examined the supply of and demand for teachers from a number of angles. It is clear that South Africa cannot continue to rely solely on current systems to train more and better teachers. Government as a whole, and the Departments of Basic and Higher Education, have acknowledged that South Africa lacks sufficient good teachers, and have begun initiatives to fill this gap. However, given the nature and scale of the challenge, the public sector alone cannot address this national need with sufficient scale, quality and speed. A new response is required, drawing upon the best of global experience as well as all our national resources, both public and private."