Huge Grade 1 classes a worry

Zandile Mbabela

AS pupils across the Eastern Cape settle into the new academic year, concerns have been raised over the size of some classes – with some Grade 1 classes accommodating on average 45 pupils.

Despite the Eastern Cape Education Department setting their teacher-pupil ratio at 1:28 – nationally at 1:35 – there are still teachers with far more pupils than the provincial average.

Some schools in the province’s more rural parts were found to have as many as 140 pupils in a class, mainly because of a crippling shortage of teachers.

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