The government’s approach of granting above-inflation wage increases to teachers without providing the budgets to pay for them is harming the education system by causing widespread hiring freezes and increasing class sizes. As ever, it is the poorest schools and provinces that are the worst affected.

This is the key finding of an 18-month research project conducted by Nic Spaull, Adaiah Lilenstein and David Carel of the research on socio-economic policy (Resep) unit at Stellenbosch University.

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