Policy needs to focus on making the teaching profession stable and more appealing. South Africa must ensure its locally trained teachers have more reason to stay in the country.
Distance education for teacher training has its problems. Improved support can address these issues - but some of it should come from students themselves.
Many people look down on foundation phase teachers, believing it requires little training or expertise. This couldn't be further from the truth.
Teachers need training and support to deal with increasing diversity in their classrooms.
There are a number of factors outside the academy that hold first-year university students back. Addressing these can improve retention rates.
There are a number of ways to improve the experience that student teachers have while completing their compulsory practical period in a school.