SADTU in the Eastern Cape calls on Education MEC to ensure a credible teacher allocation for 2018

7 July 2017

The South African Democratic Teachers' Union (SADTU) in the Eastern Cape calls upon Education MEC Mandla Makupula to ensure that the educator post declaration for 2018 will be credible and avoid disputes experienced in respect of the 2017 post establishment. SADTU's call stems from what is clearly a not well considered proposal of the MEC to reduce the number of educator posts for 2018.

SADTU held a Special Provincial Executive Committee to consider the MEC's proposed declaration for 2018. MEC Makupula plans to reduce educator posts by 1081 posts from the 2017 declaration despite a 17% increase in the budget for educator posts and an increase in learner numbers for the 2018 year.

SADTU believes that it is time the issue of post provisioning is resolved so that the focus can shift to quality learning and teaching and the instability created by the post provisioning process is done away with.

As part of the consultation process, SADTU has submitted substantive comments and proposals to the MEC to address challenges in the short, medium and long term. SADTU believes that the process of finding a sustainable solution must start now. To this end SADTU reiterates its commitment to play its part in ensuring the implementation of post provisioning. SADTU reiterates its position that it has no objection to the transfer of educators declared additional and encourages educators to transfer as long as the Department follows and respects existing applicable collective agreements.

SADTU is however concerned that it does not appear that the proposed declaration has as its principal objective, the provision of adequate educators for all schools in the province. The greater part of 2017 was spent resolving disputes on the implementation of the 2017 post provisioning. This has resulted in 1209 posts not being utilised. In turn, 1209 educators could not take up posts resulting in shortages in various schools.

SADTU is concerned at the exclusion of 58553 learners from the allocation of educators and budget owing to their lack of identity numbers. SADTU has repeatedly pointed out to MEC Makupula that whilst these learners do not have identity numbers, they are in fact in the various schools and can be accounted for. SADTU objects to the deprivation of the right of these children to education owing to no fault of their own and regards MEC Makupula's decision as unlawful.

SADTU is further concerned that the proposed post declaration does not address the issue of redress to ensure adequate capacity at Grade R and Foundation phases which SADTU views as the real focus to realise proper education outcomes. SADTU is of the view that the current proposal clearly demonstrates a lack of political will to transform education in the province. SADTU calls upon MEC Makupula to review his proposal and address the critical issues confronting education in the province.

Issued by: SADTU Eastern Cape

Contact: Secretary, Chris Mdingi: 060 583 4462