Sub-Saharan Africa needs more qualified teachers

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Children at Kapuri School, South Sudan. UN Photo/JC McIlwaine

In the rush to fill the chronic, global shortage of teachers, many countries are sacrificing standards, according to the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

To mark World Teachers Day, which is observed on 5 October, UNESCO is on Monday publishing a new paper that shows that at least 93 countries have an acute teacher shortage.

It estimates that the countries will need to recruit about four million teachers to achieve universal primary education by 2015.

UNESCO points out that what is needed is quality education imparted by qualified teachers which many countries in Sub-Saharan Africa don't have.

To find out more about this Derrick Mbatha spoke on the line to Paris with Nihan Koseleci, a Research Officer for the Education for All Global Monitoring Report, who first described quality education.

Duration: 4'31"

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