The Eastern Cape Legislature’s Education Portfolio Committee has criticised the department for its failure to address challenges around the recruitment of Mathematics and Physical Science teachers.
In a report to the Legislature on the Department’s Budget for the 2012/13 financial year, the commit-tee says the appointment of qualified Mathematics and Physical Science teachers must be prioritised.
In addition, it says the skills of existing Mathematics and Physical Science teachers should be improved.
“Efforts to engage the Minister of Higher Education and Training with regard to the opening of teacher colleges must also be intensified.”
The committee says the department must also implement immediately the incentives for rural-based teachers “in order to curb the huge exodus of Mathematics and Physical Science teachers to urban schools”.
It added that the Legislature had adopted a resolution on the payment of incentives to rural teachers in the past, but this had not been implemented.
The committee said the department did not have a strategy on how to deal with this issue and was, as a result, losing teachers.
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