Numbers must not be cut for 2015 teacher post provisioning

Edmund van Vuuren MPL

Shadow MEC for Education

Eastern Cape education MEC Mandla Makupula must consider the outcry from schools that more teachers are needed when he releases the teacher post provisioning for 2015 on Tuesday. Teacher numbers must not be cut.

We hope that he will be proactive in his pronouncements that he will secure a teacher for every classroom.

Despite the department’s claims of the reduction in learner numbers in the province, the turmoil experienced this year in our schools is an indication that the model for calculating the correct teacher-numbers is simply not effective.

Judging from the service delivery measures for the medium term framework, we can expect that the downward trend in annual posts in public ordinary schools will continue.  According to the 2014/15 provincial budget, numbers will be slashed from 54 031 educators employed in public ordinary schools to 51 280 in 2015/16 and to 49 030 in 2016/17.

If implemented, it will have disastrous effects on curriculum delivery considering the numerous vacancies in our schools.

It is incumbent upon the MEC to show our communities that he is serious in overseeing quality education when declaring the post basket for 2015/2016.

We believe that teacher-numbers should not decrease. Under a DA-led government, we would ensure the training of 30 000 teachers every year, which would include negotiated plans with tertiary institutions for the establishment of satellite campuses in rural areas.

The DA expects much of the education system, because it holds the key to a better future for all South Africa. Education is the ticket out of poverty.