The South African Democratic Teachers Union (SADTU) is demanding an explanation from the Western Cape Education Department as to why only six new teaching posts were made available for 2016, despite the growth in pupil numbers.
The Western Cape Education MEC Debbie Schafer met with teachers unions and school governing body organisations to discuss the plan for 2016.
Kieno Kammies spoke to SADTU’s provincial secretary for the Western Cape, Jonavon Rustin, and to Jessica Shelver, spokesperson for the Western Cape Education MEC.
Jonavon Rustin says that the class sizes are currently excessive and intolerable. He also said they are predicting an influx of up to 20 000 pupils from other provinces in 2016.
If we continue with the current situation we are going to compromise the quality of education for our learners and we can't accept that.— Jonavon Rustin, Provincial secretary for SADTU
According to Jessica Shelver, spokesperson for the Western Cape Education MEC, the education department had to cut some of its planned activities to meet the salary increase that the government agreed to.
The National Government agreed to a 7 percent wage increase but they haven't provided us with funds to cover this increase.— Jessica Shelver, spokesperson for the Western Cape Education MEC
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