Teaching is a noble profession that requires passion, commitment, tolerance, perseverance, character and the dedication to make a difference in the lives of a diverse group of children. As a teacher, you will have the opportunity to nurture and mould young and growing minds and to develop a variety of vital lifelong skills in children.

No other career has such a profound impact on people and on society!



  1. Since 2009, more than 600 ECD Practitioners and Foundation Phase teachers have achieved an Embury qualification.
  2. Since 2002, more than 16 000 teachers have completed Continuous Professional Teacher Development (CPTD) training through Embury.
  3. Since 2009, the average annual throughput rate on our Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) Foundation Phase degree has been 88%. This means that nearly 9 out of 10 students who enter our B.Ed. degree passed their qualification. In contrast, the average degree throughput rate at public universities is 48% (source: CHET South African Higher Education Open Data –  
  4. At least 90% of our graduates find work within the first year after graduating!


Teachers are an extremely important facet of any society. Teachers are the people who educate the youth who in turn become the leaders of tomorrow. Teachers impart knowledge upon our children in their most impressionable years, so that they can be responsible and productive members of society.

We all know that the right teacher who truly cares about his or her job can have a profound effect on his or her learners. A learner will become significantly more interested in learning if his or her teacher is passionate about teaching.

Teachers who can get learners to realise the value of learning and a solid education is doing a great service not only to that child, but also to society in general. The more that children want to learn and the smarter that they are, the better a society will develop. 



The Department of Basic Education provides the following 10 reasons why you should become a teacher:

  1. Turn your love of learning into a love of teaching.
  2. Make the same difference to a child's life as your favourite teacher made to yours.
  3. Experience the joy of seeing children learn to read, write and count; and set them on a path to success.
  4. Mould and shape ordinary children into extraordinary citizens.
  5. Share your knowledge and make the world a better place.
  6. Help children understand the values that make South Africans strong and proud.
  7. Ignite the spark of curiosity in children.
  8. Pass on your love of learning and help students discover their potential.
  9. See the world through the eyes of a child and learn something in return.
  10. Serve children, your community and your country.



  1. In 2014, there were 12 655 436 learners in 25 741 public and private schools, with 425 090 teachers.
  2. In private schools only, there were 538 421 learners in 1 681 schools, with 34 482 teachers.
  3. In public schools, there were on average:
    • 16 teachers per school
    • 31 learners per teacher
    • 504 learners per school
  4. In private schools, there were on average:
    • 21 teachers per school
    • 16 learners per teacher
    • 320 learners per school
  5. About 64% of all employees in the schooling sector are female.



The Department of Basic Education uses the Relative Education Qualification Value (REQV) system to determine salaries. New teachers who quality with a PGCE or Bachelor of Education degree and who want to work in public schools have an REQV value of 14. In 2014, the entry level salary for a public school teacher at REQV 14 was R198 888, which is R16 574 per month. However, public school teachers also receive various benefits from the state, such as medical aid contribution, pension contribution and a housing subsidy. Willie Kutumela, Director for Labour Relations and Conditions of Service at the Department of Basic Education, recommends that 37% be added to a teacher's salary to account for these state benefits. This means that if we include all benefits, an entry-level public school teacher earned R272 477 per year in 2014, which was R22 706 per month – not bad for a starting salary!

Teachers' salary increases are usually linked to inflation. However, if you continue to study and achieve additional qualifications (such as an Honours Degree), you will fall into a higher REQV level, which means you will earn more money.

Teachers in private schools do not necessary earn more than teachers in public schools, because private schools in general cannot provide all the benefits that the state provides to public school teachers.