Tom Stokes, MPP
DA KZN Spokesperson on Education
The Democratic Alliance in KwaZulu-Natal welcomes a long overdue announcement by the province’s Education department that it has officially ended the practice of schools employing under-qualified and unqualified teachers to fill vacant posts.
The news forms the basis of a circular sent out to education officials, including district managers and heads of educational institutions in the province by the department’s HOD.
The move finally spells some good news for the many learners in our province who have had to suffer being taught by grossly under or unqualified individuals.
The practice of employing inadequate teachers has been open to wide-scale abuse in the past, with schools, rather than waiting a department appointment, giving friends or relatives the job despite their lack of a teaching qualification.
Today’s crackdown on employing inadequate teachers is a move in the right direction and is one step closer to resolving the teacher competency crisis in KwaZulu-Natal.