The South African Democratic Teachers Union (Sadtu) has called on the government to incentivise teachers better so that large numbers opt to teach in rural areas. Sadtu’s 250,000 members constitute about 70% of the teaching workforce in SA, making it one of the country’s most powerful unions. Sadtu general secretary Mugwena Maluleke said in an interview with Business Day on Sunday that one of the key issues raised at the union’s national general council was the lack of teachers in rural areas. It did not make sense for the government not to incentivise teachers to leave the comforts of urban life in order to teach in rural areas, Maluleke said. SA has a teacher shortage in general, but this is compounded in rural areas, where infrastructure is severely limited. Sadtu secretary in Mpumalanga Walter Hlaise said that although resolutions had previously been taken to seek incentives for teachers in rural areas, little action had been taken by the employer — the state. "We are constantly...

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