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SOUTH AFRICA: KZN teachers feel AIDS impact

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JOHANNESBURG, 21 April (PLUSNEWS) - The teaching fraternity in South Africa's KwaZulu-Natal province has expressed concern over the impact of HIV/AIDS on the profession.

At a national conference in Empangeni, on the northern coast, to discuss ways of addressing the problem, Roger Shazi, co-ordinator of the National Teachers' Union, noted that "scores of teachers" were succumbing to the disease.

"Teachers are the worst affected people ... [but] it is not a problem that has started now, it has been there for quite some time," the South African Broadcasting Corporation quoted Shazi as saying.

A study by the Human Sciences Research Council, covering more than 20,000 respondents in 54 districts last year, showed that some 12.7 percent of educators were living with the HI virus.



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