School staff cuts shock

2015-11-12 00:01

With as many as 4 000 fewer teachers in front of the blackboard in Eastern Cape schools in 2016, the teaching prospects for the province seem bleak, according to experts and unions.

Principals in Port Elizabeth received letters last week in which notice was given that they would have to cope with as many as nine teachers less at their schools.

The Eastern Cape Department of Education (EDoE) cut teaching posts with 1049 of 55 796 to 54 747 in September.

The EDoE pre-final list of how these positions will be used in schools next year, shows that only about 50 000 teachers will be placed in front of the blackboard.

The other 4 747 positions are allegedly “saved” for possible needs that might emerge at schools.

According to the EDoE, this decision does not form part of its job cuts, but simply because schools, according to principals’ information, are not in need of these posts.

“These lists are not final,” said Mali Mtima, provincial spokesperson. “If principals are dissatisfied with the distribution they can discuss it with us.”

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