education90HeraldLive reports that another crisis is brewing at schools across the Eastern Cape, with education authorities proposing that schools cut teacher posts to make way for remedial educators for pupils with special needs.  

But schools across Nelson Mandela Bay held meetings last week to appeal against the decision, saying they could not afford to lose any teacher posts and that the provincial Education Department had not taken into account how many pupils with special needs attended each school.  Education expert Professor Susan van Rensburg questioned whether the department had enough sufficiently trained teachers to handle pupils with special needs.  She also noted that ordinary children were already falling behind due to the shortage of teachers in schools.  Schools had until 17 October to appeal against cuts.

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