n Commonwealth Youth and Development - Challenges in the use of multigrade teaching to promote sustainable development in South Africa

Volume 6, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1727-7140



Education has an enormous role to play in efforts to promote and achieve sustainable development in South Africa. But one challenge facing the education sector and the nation is a shortage of teachers in various phases of the school system. Multigrade teaching is seen as a means to stem the effects of the teacher shortage, and contribute towards achieving Education for All (EFA) and goals of sustainable development. But the nature of the interface between multigrade pedagogy and sustainable development is largely unexplored, and the school factors that constitute potential threats to achieving sustainable development remain unidentified. Using a qualitative approach, this article examines the nature of this interface, and assesses potential threats in the use of multigrade teaching to promote goals of sustainable development in South Africa. Critical challenges to this process are discussed and recommendations are made.

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