FS Education loses almost 2000 teachers in three years

By: Mariette Pittaway DA MPL in the Free State Provincial Legislature The Free State Provincial Department of Education has lost almost 2000 teachers over three years. According to department, 380 teachers resigned in 2012, another 475 in 2013 and 845 in 2014. Four months into this year saw 200 teachers tender their resignations and leave the profession. The capability of the department under the leadership of MEC Tate Makgoe to deliver quality education is questionable. The teacher exodus, coupled with the high school dropout rate of 61% resulting in an actual matric pass rate of 39% for 2014, and the poor performance of leaners seen in the Annual National Assessment (ANA) results indicate a serious problem within the department. The ANA results for 2014 indicated that only 5.1% of grade 9 students in the Free State obtained an acceptable achievement of 50% and above for mathematics. In the first language category only 15.6% of these learners obtained an acceptable achievement. The department also struggles to address its R1,3 billion shortfall resulting in the late payment of teacher salaries, the delay in permanent teacher appointments and the late payment of school subsidies. It is little wonder that teachers are leaving the employment of the department. I will submit written questions to MEC Tate Makgoe to ascertain the reasons for these staggering number of teacher resignations and to find out what plans he has to retain qualified teachers. The department is failing our children, and through compromising on the quality of education in the Free State, is denying them the future they deserve, a future of opportunity and employment. [END] ##################################################################################### Scanned by MailMarshal – M86 Security’s comprehensive email content security solution. Download a free evaluation of MailMarshal at www.m86security.com #####################################################################################