Cutting of teaching positions for 2016 worrying - DA EC

BY CHARL BOSCH - OCTOBER 2, 2015

The Democratic Alliance (DA) in the Eastern Cape has expressed its concern over the provincial Department of Education’s decision to cut the provision of teaching positions by 1 049 for 2016.

Speaking in a statement, party MPL Edmund van Vuuren said the matter raises a number questions as learner enrolment in the province increased from 1.8-million in 2014, to 1.89-million this year.

“By reducing the post allocations by 1 049, it is doubtful that we will have a teacher in every classroom in 2016. As at 16 July 2015, the total number of teachers vacancies were 2 800 and there were 2 438 unplaced additional teachers in the province,” van Vuuren said.

“If all vacant posts in schools could be filled and teachers are paid on time, this would go a long way in improving education in the Eastern Cape”.