KZN education department tackles teacher shortage


Through James mahlokwane 16h ago

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Nonhlanhla Hlatshwayo and James Mahlokwane

DURBAN – KwaZulu-Natal Ministry of Education has taken action to address teacher shortage and ordered 700 teachers – who have been identified as surplus – to report to schools in need of more staff .

The department said yesterday it found that 700 of the 961 teachers, who had been identified as surplus at their current schools in terms of the Post Provision Standard (PPN), failed to show up for work at the schools. that had shortages. The department said it had a meeting with teacher unions on Friday about the matter.

“All redeployed and appointed teachers are required to assume their duties as of Monday, May 3, 2021. Failure to comply with this instruction will result in disciplinary action being taken. No school or school governing body is allowed to refuse redeployed or appointed teachers, ”the department said.

Nomarashiya Caluza, of the Democratic Union of Teachers SA (Sadtu), said the PPN process measures the ratio of students to teachers in the classroom.

“Each year, the department has to do these calculations and send a certificate to each school, called a PPN certificate, to indicate the number of students in each class and the number of executives in that school.”

She said if a school had more teachers than it needed, those teachers were declared surplus.

“These teachers will be sent to schools that are short of teachers, according to the PPN process, instead of losing their jobs,” she said.

National Organization of Professional Teachers (Naptosa) provincial executive director Thirona Moodley said the department was struggling to redeploy surplus teachers to schools that had vacancies.

“The delays are attributed to the refusal of some teachers to move. Others filed their grievances, stating that they were unfairly identified as surplus. In some districts there hasn’t been enough work to place these teachers, ”Moodley said.

Moodley said they support the department’s plan and will ask teachers to cooperate with the department.

Basic Education Ministry spokesman Elijah Mhlanga said the resumption of schooling comes as the Council of Education Ministers is due to hold a meeting on key issues, such as the question of knowing whether students should all return to school full time.

“The proposal is currently being examined within the joint national structure of operations and intelligence, where the ministry has since made a presentation on the lines of work concerned.

“The council of education ministers will also consider the matter this week,” Mhlanga said.


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