Eastern Cape gets 1 500 new teachers

2012-01-25 20:44

Johannesburg - The Eastern Cape education department has filled 1 500 vacancies following wildcat strikes by teachers who complained about being overworked, a spokesperson said on Wednesday.

Loyiso Pulumani said the department was "pushing hard" to ensure schools' staff needs were met and that teachers for core subjects were in their posts.

However a "go-slow" by the SA Democratic Teachers' Union (Sadtu) in protest against poor working conditions and long hours was hindering the start of the academic year.

"Education in the Eastern Cape would be dramatically improved if all stakeholders worked together," Pulumani said.

"This means principals, parents, teachers, learners and the department working towards a common goal."

Teachers embarked on wildcat strikes when they returned after the school holidays to find that temporary teachers had not been re-appointed to old posts, or had been sent to other schools.

Many permanent teachers felt their workload had been increased, without the help of temporary teachers.

Pulumani said schools were asked last year to provide the department with lists of vacant posts, most of which had now been filled.

"Some schools did not do this, but we are working to ensure their needs are met and that children don't suffer."

The Democratic Alliance on Wednesday commended the provincial education superintendent general Modidima Mannya for moving quickly to appoint temporary teachers in short-staffed schools.

DA MP Edmund van Vuuren said the steps Mannya had taken had relieved pressure on schools where there was a shortage of teachers in critical subjects like maths, physical science, accountancy, and English.

"It is regrettable that excess teachers are not complying with re-assignment letters issued to them, but have instead decided to remain at their old schools where their services, as per the post provisioning, are not required," he said in a statement.

Van Vuuren said these teachers were robbing schools of much-needed human resources.

  • bernpm - 2012-01-25 21:33

    "It is regrettable that excess teachers are not complying with re-assignment letters......" same as the striking teachers have the right to stay away, these teachers have the rights to accept a working place or not. It might mean relocating an entire family, costing more than a few months salary.

  • Neil - 2012-01-25 21:40

    1. Filled 1500 vacancies???? Must be quality teachers sitting around doing nothing waiting for other teachers going on strike to get a job. 2. Striking because of the long working hours???

  • Mso Matha - 2012-01-25 21:53

    lets hope there will be an increase in the matric pass rate! @ least 1500 more learners or even more than 60%. Even though I saw on the news that they are all into money with R700m that they dnt know what to do with & on top of that another somethng Billion is to be issued to the EC educational departmnt. Please EC management we need results.. stop complaining!

  • Natalie Wendy Phelan - 2012-01-26 05:56

    I am one of the temporary teachers whose contracts with the education department are repeatedly terminated and then renewed at the whim of the department. We received notification last year that we had been re-instated and our documents were submitted to the education department,however, come payday this month we were not paid. I have a teaching degree behind my name and a remedial qualification, yet I am not treated as a proffessional. My work day does not end at two as many would believe. I spend many evenings planning lessons, setting assessments,marking books, making resources and games to make learning fun for my children. I am dedicated and hard-working and so are many of the temporary teachers I know! I am fortunate as I teach at a school that is able to provide us with a salary when the goverment does not feel the need to do so, my heart breaks for the teachers who are not so lucky.

  • Nkulekweni - 2012-01-26 09:23

    Put the province into recievership and bring in qualified people to run the country.

  • acsteyn - 2012-01-26 16:40

    If memory serves me correctly they were ordered to employ 4,500 teachers. See eben the officials cant do the maths. Ans then about 2 years too late. So they also have a reading disability. They were ordered to employ the teachers by the high court. So they have authority issues as well. I think they shouls all go back to school. Grade 2 should be a good start. We will give them some benefit for prior learning and experience.

  • andile.shange - 2012-04-13 22:15

    hahahaha this is a joke where all these educators come from

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