Durban - The pupils of younger teachers do better at maths, new research from the University of Stellenbosch suggests.
The research, which investigated which teacher characteristics had a significant impact on pupils’ academic performance, also found that younger teachers did better in maths and literacy tests than their older counterparts.
A possible explanation was the difference in teacher training: older teachers would have studied at teacher colleges, whereas younger teachers were likely to be university-educated.
This was at odds with the argument that reopening teacher training colleges would improve the quality and quantity of South African teachers, research author Paula Armstrong, an educational economist, said.
She made use of data from an earlier study, the often-cited Sacmeq III, to show that the maths scores for pupils of teachers aged 19 to 29 were higher than those of the pupils of older teachers.