IFP questions education vacancies

2010-03-12 00:00

THE Inkatha Freedom Party will be monitoring the Education Department’s progress in filling over 100 vacancies for subject advisers.

It emerged during a KwaZulu-Natal Legislature sitting early this week that the province has 133 unfilled vacancies for subject advisers in both the general education and training and further education and training bands.

The department promised to fill these posts after MEC Senzo Mchunu was questioned about this by the IFP’s Roman Liptak.

Liptak said the district most affected is Obonjeni, delivering the worst matric performance.

He said 10 of KZN’s 11 districts have at least one vacancy for subject advisers in mathematics. Obonjeni has four maths vacancies, while Ilembe has five.

“It is no coincidence that mathematics and physical science had some of the worst matriculation results in the province in 2009, and especially so in the rural districts, which register the majority of vacant posts,” said Liptak.

Unions agreed that the lack of advisers affects matric outcomes.

Basil Manuel, the provincial chair of the National Association of Professional Teachers of SA, said the association will be adding it weight to ensure all subject advisory posts are filled.

However, Manuel stressed that it is not enough simply to fill the posts. He said subject advisers need to be seen to be doing the job they are employed for, which is subject improvement and helping to produce better quality passes, rather than engaging in other activities like checking the functionality of schools and monitoring exams.

Liptak said vacancies should be advertised and filled in time to make an impact on the 2010 matric scores.

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