Eastern Cape call for teachers slammed

2012-11-08 19:52
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Johannesburg - The advertising of 3 650 teaching posts by the Eastern Cape education department came under fire on Thursday.

"The department has falsely advertised the availability of 3 650 teaching posts," Democratic Alliance spokesperson Edmund van Vuuren in a statement.

"The department actually intends to cut 3 932 teachers from the system in 2013."

Education MEC Mandla Makhupula had already conceded the department would not fill the posts, advertised in a departmental bulletin on 30 September.

It was criminal and unethical to publish false information, and the advert should be immediately withdrawn, Van Vuuren said.

For 2012, 64 752 teaching posts had been declared, but for next year, this amount had been reduced to 60 820, due to a funding shortfall.

The DA would lead a march of concerned citizens to the department's headquarters in Bhisho on Friday.

"We will deliver a memorandum of demands aimed at saving our teachers," he said.

Provincial department spokesperson Loyiso Pulumani said: "It is difficult for me to comment without seeing the statement."

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