Move to reduce multigrade schools

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Provincial education authorities are on a crusade to reduce multigrade schools, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has revealed.

These are schools in which learners from different grades are taught in one classroom, compromising the quality of education. All such schools are in farming and rural communities. There were 5339 multigrade schools in 2015.

Responding to written questions in Parliament, Motshekga indicated teachers battled to handle these classes.
“Most teachers in multigrade schools have no formal training in multigrade teaching and consequently have limited skills in managing different content at different levels as well as classroom management of multiple groups,” said Motshekga.