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education thumb100 BusinessTech reports that according to Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga, the national teacher vacancy rate as of the end of February 2021 stood at 5.8%.

Responding to a parliamentary question, Motshekga explained that the vacancy rate as reported was in terms of the actual vacancies at schools in relation to posts that each school had been allocated for 2021. She went on to indicate:  “Provincial Education Departments are currently redeploying educators that are additional to the allocated post establishments at some schools to schools that have vacancies. Once this process has been finalised and the residual vacant posts have been filled through appointment of educators from outside the system the actual number of vacancies will be lower than the current rate.” The data provided by Motshekga showed that the highest number of vacancies were in Limpopo (9.2%), followed by Mpumalanga (6.1%). National Treasury and teacher unions have each warned of teacher shortages and increasing class sizes in SA. In a presentation submitted to MPs in March, the SA Teachers’ Union (SAOU) said that the drivers in the reduction in teachers was lower than expected compensation and natural attrition.

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