Komaggas school shut by teacher shortage

Safiyia Stanfley, MPL

DA Provincial Spokesperson on Education:

The Democratic Alliance has written to the MEC of Education to intervene at the FJ Smit Intermediate School where teaching has ground to a halt today due to a shortage of teachers.

The Grade 1 class and two classes in the Senior Phase at the FJ Smit Intermediate School have been without teachers since the start of the year.

This raises questions as to what learners have been doing in class since the start of the 2015 school year. The DA has established that Grade 1 learners have done no work to date and have only been colouring-in pictures.

Last year the department appointed two teachers in a temporary capacity to FJ Smit School, but their contracts ended in December 2014 and were not renewed. Instead they were made ‘Class Supervisors’

unable to teach a syllabus.

Dissatisfied parents have since threatened to close the school until enough teachers have been appointed.

It is unacceptable that classes are still without teachers. The department of Education has hidden behind its snap survey in an attempt to justify why learners had no teachers in January. But by mid-February the situation is unchanged at FJ Smit.

The Department of Basic Education has bungled the appointment of teachers at FJ Smit, and has forced learners to go weeks without classes as a result.

The DA letter to the MEC requests urgent action be taken to appoint temporary teachers in the short term, and permanent teachers soon thereafter. We cannot allow our schools to remain closed because a department cannot get its administrative functions together.