Dept. fails to provide teachers

2016-02-18 06:00
Thembinkosi Sokabo, teacher and learners during the protest at Sizimisele Technical High School, in Khayelitsha, on Thursday. PHOTO: Mbongiseni MASEKO

Thembinkosi Sokabo, teacher and learners during the protest at Sizimisele Technical High School, in Khayelitsha, on Thursday. PHOTO: Mbongiseni MASEKO

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Learners at Sizimisele Technical High School were once again embroiled in protest action, raising their concerns about the shortage of teachers at their school in Khayelitsha.

This, they claim, was after the Western Cape Education Department (WCED) has failed to provide the three teachers needed for mechanical engineering, technology, graphic design and drawings since the lot who resigned last year.

City Vision first reported on this issue in February 2015.

The school was converted from a high school to technical high school in 2009.

Subjects like Engineering and Graphic Design, Civil Technology, Electrical Technology and Mechanical Technology were introduced during the conversion.

Abulele Fundani, a former Learner Representative Council (LRC) president, said they decided to abandon their classes to force the attention of the WCED to their plight.

“We are not happy that the department failed to come and address the issue with us. They do not care that we do not have teachers. Our school received a 75.8% pass rate in matric last year and the target for this year is 80 percent, but how can we reach that pass rate if we do not have teachers” Fundani said.

Bulelani Wabhena, a Grade 11 learner, said they had not been taught the subjects because the teachers have not been replaced.

“What are they going to put on our reports because we do not have teachers. We need this issue to be resolved immediately...because we are missing-out,” Wabhena said.

Thembinkosi Sokabo, Head of Department (HOD) at the school said the department is failing the school after numerous attempts.

“We tried to resolve the matter last year, but they do not even come to talk to us. They only supplied us with text books, but they did not provide the school with teachers.

We have teachers for Biology, Geography and other subjects which are not for the technical school. Matric learners, more especially, know nothing about the subjects which we do not have teachers for. We have lost good teachers who opted to go and teach in colleges, because they were not paid accordingly,”

Jessica Shelver, media liaison officer at WCED, confirmed that “The school is in need of additional curriculum posts and one post was already allocated to the school on 7 October 2015.

“There have however been challenges with the appointment of a teacher nominated against the additional curriculum post as a result of the excesses at the school. This appointment is in the process of being finalised.

She said the school did apply for a further three curriculum posts on 02 February 2016.

Shelver also said the outcome of the schools additional post applications will shortly be communicated to the school,”

However, on Wednesday, said he was “happy” about the intervention of the WCED which took place after the strike. he did not state the interventions, though.

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