Western Cape Employing More Teachers in 2023

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With a looming teacher shortage being predicted for South Africa, one provincial education department is looking to boost the number of teachers in their province.

 

 

 


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The Western Cape Education Department (WCED) has revealed it will employ more than 1,000 new teachers during the next school year. They explained that this was confirmed after the department completed the first part of its stakeholder consultations for the year.

The department explained that during the Annual Consultation process for the provision of the Employment of Educators Act, the province can afford to employ 1,143 posts for 2023.

Provincial Education MEC David Maynier says the details of where these teachers will be placed must still be finalised as the stakeholder consultation process continues. Once this process is complete, the department will be able to inform schools of their teacher allocations for 2023.

“This is a much-needed boost to our system. In previous years, our budget has allowed us to only expand by as little as 6 additional posts, as seen in 2016, with increases thereafter," declared Maynier.

In 2016 the department could afford to employ 32,039 teachers in the province. This latest increase of 1,143 posts will enable the department to employ 36,417 teachers in 2023.

“Our principals, teachers, and staff are our greatest asset, and they are always willing and able to share their experience and knowledge with those joining our schools through our new post allocations,” said Maynier.

The MEC acknowledged the crucial role played by principals and teachers in sharing their experiences with new teachers going to the schools through new post allocations. He thanked them for the work they have done over the past year and believes they will continue to see excellence in the teachers in the province.

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