"Supporting teachers is the driving force behind everything we do at Teacha! Towards the end of 2020, we decided to hold our first-ever survey because we knew how beneficial this data would be to teachers and the wider education community," says Teacha! founder Jean Vermeulen.

Key findings from the report include:

  • The majority of schools have a strong focus on school tradition.
  • A vast majority of teachers hope to receive more training on teaching with technology in 2021, followed by social-emotional wellbeing training and subject-specific courses.
  • On average, teachers spend an additional five weekday hours and six weekend hours on school-related work.
  • Teachers spend over R500 of their own money each month on teaching resources and materials.
  • The majority of survey respondents loved teaching. These teachers tend to have smaller classes, while those who don't love their jobs have 45+ learners in the classrooms.
In addition to the report, this edition comes with other information for teachers, including:

  • an extract from Learning Under Learning, compiled by Jonathan Jansen and Emily O'Ryan
  • parent perspectives on the pandemic
  • distance learning for lower quintile schools
  • everything South African teachers need to know about the SACE Virtual Library, and
  • a competition to win graded readers from CHASE Education to the value of R70 000
In 2020, Teacha! magazine aimed to bring teachers together during school closures. "I encourage you to look back at 2020 and think about everything you achieved. If it was one change you made (even if it has been your attitude towards change), celebrate it and aim for ways that you can innovate in 2021," concludes Vermeulen.

For more information, visit www.teacha.co.za or contact [email protected]