E Cape reinstates temporary teachers

2011-03-10 22:45

Johannesburg - The Eastern Cape education department has reinstated temporary teachers whose contracts were terminated at the end of last year, the department said on Thursday.

Head of education, Modidima Mannya, said the 4 471 temporary teachers were expected to resume duties at the public schools at which they were stationed as of Friday.

"The educators are called upon to report at the public schools at which they were stationed with effect from March 11, but no later than March 18," he said in a statement.

The teachers would receive letter of reinstatement when they report at their work place.

The reinstatement followed a high court order that ordered the department to reinstate the teachers.

The Eastern Cape education department terminated the contracts of temporary teachers at the end of last year, citing budget constraints.

"The continued employment of these educators beyond September 2010, put tremendous pressure on the budget of the department, particularly the personnel component of the budget resulting in the projected over-expenditure of R1bn.

"This over-expenditure added to the R800m over-expenditure on the personnel budget of the 2009/2010," said Mannya.

The teachers were employed on a three months contract.

He said the over-expenditure had severely affected the overall budget of the department and had resulted in major budget cuts on various programmes as part of reprioritisation to contain the over-expenditure.

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