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NPC changes mind on teachers’ salaries

Cape Town - A proposal to link a percentage of teachers' salary increases to pupil performance has been dropped from the National Development Plan.

In the revised version released on Wednesday, it has been replaced with a proposal to give financial incentives to schools that show a significant improvement on their annual results.

The original idea did not find favour with the department of education, which considered it difficult to implement.

It was pointed out that ultimately student performance depended on a range of socio-economic conditions, and not solely teacher skills.

The National Planning Commission said its new proposal would in practice benefit poor schools, since wealthier schools already generally fared well and would therefore show a smaller margin of improvement. - Sapa

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