In South Africa, individuals working as a Teacher or engaged in the Teaching/Education profession typically earn around R32,700 per month. Salaries range from R15,800 (lowest average) to R54,100 (highest average). This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits.
Salaries vary drastically between different Teaching/Education careers. For High School Teachers, the average salary is R19, 211 per month.
Challenges of Being a Teacher in South Africa
The following are the challenges teachers face in South Africa.
1. Administrative burdens and keeping order in the classroom
Administrative burdens and keeping order in classrooms is one of the challenges cited by South African teachers as responsible for chipping away from their teaching time.
Presently, South African teachers are spending a huge amount of time on daily administrative tasks in schools, a time which could be better used on teaching in the classroom.
2. Gender Disparities
According to a South African researcher, Markus Schwabe, 60 percent of their Teachers are female yet only 20 percent of principals are women.
“Information about the gender distribution of the teacher and principal workforces makes it possible to gauge the degree of gender imbalance in the teaching profession and of gender disparities in the scope for promotion to leadership positions,” the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, OECD said.
3. Classroom Size
This was also highlighted as a huge challenge by teachers. According to the OECD, smaller size classes are often seen as beneficial because they allow teachers to focus more on the needs of individual students, and reduce the amount of class time needed to deal with disruptions.
Presently, the national average LER
(Learner-Educator Ratio) for government primary schools is one teacher to every 35.2 students, posing a huge challenge for Teachers.
Private Schools Teachers Salary in South Africa
Private School Teachers are paid less than their public school counterparts.
Private schools have different pay scales because of factors such as the size of the student’s body, funding sources, and accreditation requirements. Teachers choose to work at private schools for reasons such as manageable class sizes and more freedom of teaching practices.
As of January 2020, the average salary for a Teacher in a private school in South Africa is R 22 164 per month. Salary estimates are based on 1,139 salaries submitted anonymously to Indeed by Teacher employees and users and collected from past and present job advertisements on Indeed in the last 36 months.
Indeed is an American worldwide employment-related search engine or job listings company launched in November 2004.
How Much Does A Teacher Take Home After Tax In South Africa?
Teachers in South Africa take home from R180,000 to R900,200 per annum after tax.