Employment contracts of some temporary teachers in Limpopo have not been renewed. The Basic Education Department says not all temporary teachers will return to work this year, as their schools may not have vacancies.
A temporary teacher, who spoke on condition of anonymity, says he received a message saying he should not return to work pending the renewal of his contract. “So, this is a thing that is happening all the time. When we closed in December we received information as usual but on the first Friday of the 10th that’s when we received information that we should not report on a Monday waiting for the approval from the department of Education,” says the teacher.
The Limpopo department of Education says it still needs to confirm the number of teachers whose contracts have not yet been renewed. Spokesperson Pat Kgomo says they have temporary educators of various categories whose contracts have not been renewed and there are those who are holding substitute posts whom the owners of the posts have returned and therefore their term has expired.
Meanwhile, the National Teachers Union (Natu) in the KwaZulu-Natal has called on the department of Education to employ more teachers to support the increasing numbers of learners. This comes as schooling gets underway in coastal provinces. Natu’s deputy president Allan Thompson says principals and teachers are often forced to perform unnecessary administrative tasks as well.
Thompson says another problem is the department’s call to not allow more learners than the previous year – even if there is space.
In the Eastern Cape, Premier Noxolo Kiviet says the basics are in place in the Eastern Cape to improve the matric pass rate. The province remained at the bottom of the pile in 2012 with a pass rate of 61.6%, while the national average pass rate was 73%. Kiviet yesterday made a surprise visit to schools in the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro to check on their state of readiness.