DA KZN:  975 DOE senior management posts vacant

Sizwe Mchunu, MPL

Leader of the DA in the KZN Legislature

Despite almost a thousand vacant senior management posts within KZN’s Department of Education, it is unable to act due to budget constraints.

The information forms part of a July parliamentary reply by KZN Education MEC, Peggy Nkonyeni, to questions posed by the DA.

According to the response, 1 484 out of 2 462 posts are currently filled, leaving 975 vacant. Nine of the posts are currently frozen.

The statistics relate to Managers and Education Specialists and are based on the department’s organogram.  The filled posts are as per the establishment on the Persal system.

According to the reply the following positions remain vacant;

–          Senior General Manager – 2 vacant posts

–          General Manager – 6 vacant posts

–          Managers – 13 vacant posts

–          Education Specialist Chief (office based) – 106 vacant posts

–          Education Specialist Deputy Chief (office based) – 273 vacant posts

–          Education Specialist Senior (office based) – 575 vacant posts

In the same reply, the MEC admits that this situation is impacting on service delivery levels.  She openly concedes that any plans to hire more staff cannot be implemented due to financial constraints, with the compensation of employees for 2014/15 fully utilised.

Clearly this is a crisis for education in our province.  These are not ordinary posts – they are oversight related positions of authority which are critical to the proper functioning of our schools.

Education in KZN requires strong commitment and political will.  The DA calls on MEC Nkonyeni to present to both the portfolio committee and Legislature, the department’s plans to address this matter speedily.