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education blackboard thumb medium80 92City Press reports that thousands of schools in the Eastern Cape are without teachers, with some of the posts only likely to be filled next year.

This was revealed by Education MEC Fundile Gade in a reply to a parliamentary question from Yusuf Cassim, the DA’s education spokesperson in the province. Gade also revealed that a staggering 86% of the posts had been vacant for more than three months. The MEC furthermore said the posts were only likely to be filled next year, if budgetary funds became available. A total of 2,348 schools in the province had vacant teaching posts. Out of these, 726 needed principals, 296 were without deputy principals and 797 had no heads of department. At least 1,203 schools needed level 1 teachers, Gade indicated. As if that was not enough, the MEC also revealed that a total of 1,765 schools had no support staff. The schools with the highest number of vacant posts were in the Amathole East district with 359, the OR Tambo Coastal district with 289 and the Alfred Nzo West district, which had 228 schools with vacant posts. In his reply, Gade advised that a total of 4,107 posts were vacant and there were 2,492 additional or excess teachers in the system, which left a net of 1,616 vacancies based on the 54,026 declared posts. At least 3,721 of the posts had been vacant for more than three months. Cassim said it was shocking that the department found itself in this situation. “Even though there are 2,492 excess teachers employed by the department, these have not been placed and are unlikely to have the requisite qualifications for the vacancies that exist,” Cassim pointed out.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Lubabalo Ngcukana at City Press (subscriber access only)

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