Plan to source teachers from across SA for PE's Northern Areas

JULY 28, 2015

The Eastern Cape Department of Education will be sourcing teachers from across the country to try and fill the vacancies and shortages that sparked violent protests and school closures in Port Elizabeth’s Northern Areas from last week.

This was revealed after Eastern Cape MEC for Education, Mandla Makupula, met with other government officials, principals and local school governing bodies representatives to discuss the future of 23 schools, which had been closed in the protests.

Loyiso Pulumani, spokesman for Eastern Cape Education MEC, said that the immediate focus was to get children back into classrooms as soon as possible.

Pulumani said “hopefully” they could identify vacancies at each school and begin finding teachers to fill the positions.

However, in the case of the Afrikaans-medium schools, he said it would be difficult to recruit educators to teach subjects such as Biology and Physical Sciences.

“That is where the major challenge lies. These teachers simply don't exist in the system.”

Pulumani said the department would advertise all vacant posts in the affected schools.

“We hope all affected stakeholders will heed our efforts of making sure that ... learning return to normality in the area.”

---additional reporting, Cape Argus.