Sadtu receives 'hundreds of complaints' about teacher posts

2015-11-03 22:31


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Durban – The South African Democratic Teachers Union (Sadtu) in KwaZulu Natal said it has received “hundreds of complaints from schools” after the department of education issued its latest circular.

The union said that the department issued Post Provisioning Norms (PPN) certificates to schools which it believes contains inaccurate figures. PPN is an assessment made by the department of education relating to staffing requirements at a school. The policy essentially aims to adequately proportion teachers and pupil numbers.

The union has demanded that the latest process be withheld, calculations be redone and correct PPN certificates be issued.

In a statement, Sadtu on Tuesday said numbers used to generate PPN certificates by the department were not accurate.

"This has resulted in the majority of schools in the province having to lose many posts and educators. If this is left unattended, chaos and instability will be the order of the day come 2016.

"It is also our continued belief that staffing has an impact on the overall performance of the school hence the necessity to ensure that schools are adequately staffed so that they operate on some equitable basis."

The union added that it has been receiving “hundreds of complaints from schools on a daily basis” since the issuing of the PPN certificates.

"Sadtu suspects that there is foul play in all this, in that, at the level of the Education Labour Relations Council (ELRC) it was agreed that the department must conduct a headcount in some schools which had contested their PPN.

"The process gave rise to PPN certificates showing a certain number of posts that schools qualified to have. Two months after the issuing of such PPN certificates a new process ensued which gave new numbers of the allocation of posts ... This is confusing and misleading ... that one office can issue two different certificates within a period of three months."

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