SA Journal of Education, Vol 42, No 4 (2022)

Developmental dyslexia in private schools in South Africa: Educators’ perspectives

Salomé Geertsema, Mia Le Roux, Azima Bhorat, Assimah Carrim, Mishkaah Valley, Marien Graham


In South Africa, as is globally, many people struggle with the challenges which emanate from developmental dyslexia (DD). It is thus important for educators to have adequate knowledge and a positive mindset regarding DD and the management thereof in the school context. One such important method of management is the accommodation of these learners in mainstream class. The quantitative survey study reported on here was aimed at determining the perspectives of educators in 2 private schools in the Tshwane South District, Gauteng, South Africa, regarding the knowledge of, attitude towards, and management of accommodations for learners with DD. We implemented a quantitative descriptive cross-sectional survey research approach where a self-administered questionnaire was administered after purposive sampling. Results indicate that the respondents, regardless of their qualifications, gender, or years of teaching experience, had limited knowledge of DD, but with a generally positive attitude towards inclusion and management of these learners. Furthermore, it was found that educators had an awareness of the terminology related to the accommodations that the education department granted these learners with DD. However, they were uncertain about the perceived path and nature of accommodations provided to learners. Specific details and related recommendations were explored.

ORCiD iDs of authors:
Salomé Geertsema –
Mia Le Roux –
Azima Bhorat –
Aasimah Carrim –
Mishkaah Valley -
Marien Graham –

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