Axed teachers reinstated

2011-02-23 07:10

More than 6 000 axed Eastern Cape teachers were reinstated after the Bhisho High Court granted an interim order in their favour.

Judge Jannie Eksteen ordered that the provincial education department fill all the temporary posts within five days.

An interim order was granted yesterday until Eksteen could make a final decision, the Herald Online reported today.

The temporary teachers were sacked in December as the department could not afford them.

The shortage of educators led to disarray in many schools with some pupils not having lessons since the beginning of the year, the publication said.

The Federation of Governing Bodies of SA Schools (Fedsas), the Suid-Afrikaanse Onderwysersunie (SAOU) and the Westering High and Primary schools challenged the department in a bid to have the teachers reinstated.

Tuesday’s ruling is the second against the provincial education department this year.

Two weeks ago, representatives of mud schools triumphed against them and secured R8.2 billion to eradicate mud schools in South Africa.

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