Shortage of teachers in Eastern Cape

2013-04-10 11:46

Eastern Cape school children resumed the second term of school with a huge shortage of teachers.

The Dispatch Online reported today it had seen a memo Cofimvaba education district director Mthunywa Ngonzo sent to officials last month, saying more than 500 teachers had either resigned, died or retired this year.

The memo said that the department would only employ 380 teachers.

“As of March 18, the department had a total of 570 net vacancies as a result of natural attrition based on the distributed post basket for public schools in 2013,” said Ngonzo.

Provincial education spokesperson Loyiso Pulumani confirmed to the Daily Dispatch he was aware of the memo, but referred further enquiries to Ngonzo, whose comment could not be obtained by the publication.

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