Through our visits and regular involvement at a particular school we calculated an approximate percentage of teacher attendance in the form of contact teaching at the school. With “contact teaching” we mean that:
- The teacher was present in the classroom and while begin present, he/she was
- Explaining any part of the Mathematical syllabus to the students on the board or at a student’s desk.
The shocking number we arrived with was that this school’s teachers have less than 10% contact teaching than any other advanced school, such as a private school or well performing government schools! We ring a hefty alarm to this matter since, if we considered the averages of the classes, it seems that if this school’s teachers could have taught almost the same amount of time than other advanced schools, then the school’s students will surely see a general pass rate, where now they see an average of below 20 %.
Through the typical sponsorship programs where “promising” children are selected and taken away from the township area into an advanced school or upliftment program, we will find that there is no address to the problem of teachers not teaching. Therefore Me Help Me is principally concerned over this essential issue that South Africa’s previously disadvantaged schools face and will move even further away from selection programs and toward school intervention.
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