Fill teacher vacancies, court rules

2012-08-03 22:15

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.

  • lyborn.sithole - 2012-08-03 22:23

    so we have to depend on courts to get employment Mr Jacob?

      lacrimose.wolf - 2012-08-03 22:58

      We now have to depend on courts to get any politician to do the job they not only were hired to do on the faith of the people, but swore an oath to behave in an ethical, moral manner, uphold the Constitution and do the job they were hired to do. When court rulings are handed down, they still do not comply and are back in court again and again for contempt of court - which taxpayers pay for. When you add it all up, this is contempt of all citizens. Our courts, laws and Constitution belong to all of us. How much longer will we put up with such disrespect?

      J.Stephen.Whiteley - 2012-08-04 07:19

      Yes. Read "Related Links."

  • Lonwabo Lloyd Makhoba - 2012-08-03 23:57

    we have been waiting for these posts for a very long time already, it will be better if the department is true this time

  • lownabester - 2012-08-04 00:00

    Dammit we want to be seen as a 1st world country..........but the courts must tell us what to do. ANC go to hell, and please dont collect you R200.oo Bunch of idiots we have in goverment.

  • douglas.hollis.7 - 2012-08-04 00:32

    Now if only they'd say the same thing for our navy's engineering section. Over half our posts have been empty for the past 10 years. Care to guess the average age of our workforce? It's approaching 60.

  • Victor Ramakoetsana - 2012-08-04 01:17

    Does this government need to be told by Court of Law that they have to fulfil the interest of the its own people? Where Does Batho Pele Principles fits in, in the whole process? Where does it leave the education and development of its own people and the Right to learn of every child found in Republic of South Africa.

  • Danette Janse van Rensburg - 2012-08-04 01:22

    So who of you actually voted for the ANC and will prob vote 4 them again. just a thought?

      J.Stephen.Whiteley - 2012-08-04 07:14

      Not all of them, Danette, which is why this case, which would not have cost more than R500 000, is worth it. Well done, Legal Resources Centre and Port Elizabeth!

  • Melusi - 2012-08-04 03:13

    There are so many teachers from Zimbabwe why not employ them. After all Zimbabwe, with substandard education facilities, are beter than mzansi. Upper sixth form sylabus cant compare with matrics.

      dee.980 - 2012-08-04 17:43

      Excellent recommendation! Oh - and also give a work permit to the 2 highly trained, dedicated white woman from Namibia who's skin colour apparently disqualifies them from teaching / working in S.A. If I personally know of 2 - how many more skilled teachers are being turned away??

  • Melusi - 2012-08-04 03:13

    There are so many teachers from Zimbabwe why not employ them. After all Zimbabwe, with substandard education facilities, are beter than mzansi. Upper sixth form sylabus cant compare with matrics.

  • sikhulile.nkwelo - 2012-08-04 07:29

    Zuma said Democracy iz Complex its not just about Votinting: thanx to Legal Resources Centre for exercising those rights.

  • nick.crossley.395 - 2012-08-04 08:36

    The dept of Education does not feel a thing about courts orders. The books have still not been delivered and our courts ordered them to deliver by June 16. ANC is above the law. Did the courts order qualified teachers or just fill the vacancies with uneducated, lazy riff raff?

  • richard.zanner - 2012-08-04 10:04

    Almost 20 years into the rainbow nation our kids are told by the Minister that they are not entitled to basic education so our next generation of leaders will be more uneducated than the current ones. Yet Zuma can buy a plane and stroke his ego with Zumaville. Like everything else a new tax is going to pop up to pay for basic education. Already we are facing a health levy even if you have private medical aid, road levies, upcoming taxes on mines. All of this to suck out of the system more and more money but who will replace this once it is gone if we do not have a new generation of educated people. The Government is either to stupid to see this or could not care less as long as they are scooping the cream. We know the housing never came to be and what was built was substandard rubbish and or used in commercial enterprise. So no housing, no healthcare and now no schooling. Tell me ANC what is it that you are actually doing other than stuffing your pockets.

      dee.980 - 2012-08-04 17:45

      And have you had your electricity bill this month? About 50% increase on mine - despite frugal use of lights etc.

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