Fill teacher vacancies, court rules

2012-08-03 22:15
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Johannesburg - The Eastern Cape High Court on Friday ordered the basic education department to fill all teacher vacancies in the province.

Judge Clive Plasket ordered the department to appoint teachers to all vacant substantive posts on a permanent basis by November 2 this year, the Legal Resources Centre (LRC) said in a statement.

LRC director Sarah Sephton said the salaries of all temporary teachers, which had been approved by the Eastern Cape basic education department, should be paid by 17 August.

The court further directed the department to declare the 2013 teacher establishment for public schools no later than September 2012.

These establishments should include posts for both teacher and non-teacher personnel and had to be fully funded.

The LRC, which filed the application against the department, was acting on behalf of the Centre for Child Law, four school governing bodies in the Eastern Cape, and the Bethelsdorp school governing body unit, representing 17 schools in Port Elizabeth.

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