Eastern Cape Education Department Prioritises Afrikaans

OCTOBER 1, 2014

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshega says the Eastern Cape Education Department has prioritised 355 Afrikaans language of teaching and learning teacher vacancies for filling.

There have been numerous complaints from Nelson Mandela Bay and particularly the Northern Areas, about the shortage pf Afrikaans-speaking teachers.

Replying to a written question from Annette Lovemore (DA), in the National Assembly, the Minister said the provincial department was currently implementing the Provincial Collective Agreement 1 of 2014.

“Existing vacancies are being filled through the redeployment of excess teachers and employment of new entrants.”

Motshega said the department believed that there was “an adequate supply” of Afrikaans teachers in the Eastern Cape. In addition, she said, the Funza Lushaka bursary scheme provides for Afrikaans as one of the primary subjects for which bursaries are available.

Motshega also said that the Eastern Cape Department of Education “will assess which learners have been affected by the unavailability of teachers”.

Where necessary, the Minister said, additional classes would be arranged so that pupils can “catch up on the curriculum,” adding that the province “had appointed teachers in the affected schools to address the teacher shortages”.

She said that her department was working with the provincial department “to ensure that vacancies are filled at schools in line with Collective Agreement 1 of 2014.

“All the challenges are collectively dealt with by all stakeholders, including teacher unions.” - MetroMinutes

Photo caption: AFRIKANS FIRST... Basic Education Minister Angie Motshega says the Eastern Cape Education Department has prioritised 355 Afrikaans language of teaching and learning teacher vacancies for filling.