DA EC wants education MEC to re-consider teacher cut-backs


The Democratic Alliance (DA) in the Eastern Cape has called on provincial education MEC, Mandla Makupula, to re-consider the delaying of 4 000 teaching positions for next year.

In a statement, party MPL Edmund van Vuuren said Makupula’s decision, which comes a month after his announcement that 1 049 provisional posts would be cut, remains questionable as the number of learners increased from 1.8-million in 2014, to 1.89-million this year.

“Learner enrolment is expected to increase further in 2016. By reducing the number of posts, it is doubtful that we will have a teacher in every classroom in 2016,” Van Vuuren said.

He also stated that the party remains concerned about teachers potentially losing their jobs due to cutbacks, adding that the increase in teaching budget from R20.6-billion for 2015 / 2016, to 2016 / 2017’s R21.6-billion, would allow the appointment of more educators.

“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,” van Vuuren said.