THREATENS EDUCATOR-LEARNER RATIOS
ISSUED BY PROF LM MBADI, MP
UDM SPOKESPERSON FOR EDUCATION
UDM expresses its concern at the threat posed by HIV/AIDS to education. In 2006
the class ratio will be 50 pupils per teacher, despite the attempts by the
Department of Education to decrease the educator-pupil ratio from 47 in 1994 to
34 at present.
Other HIV/AIDS-related factors affecting the ratio are illnesses and deaths
amongst educators and learners, an increase in orphans and a lack of hope
amongst children with HIV/AIDS. This would also affect the dropout rates of
learners as the rate of learners with HIV/AIDS increases, or as learners leave
school to care for parents and family members living with HIV/AIDS.
Additional factors such as poverty, psychological, emotional and psychiatric
trauma in dealing with deaths of family members and cost of medical, psychiatric
and psychological treatment all exacerbate an already gloomy forecast. This
forecast also has a profound impact on the education of our nation.
The UDM calls on the Minister of Education to urgently place contingency plans
in action to adequately deal with this threat that has both social and economic
Mtutuzeli Mbadi, MP
UDM Spokesperson for Education
07 June 2001.