UP TO SPEED: MEC Reginah Mhaule. Picture: France Nyaka
In a bid to advance the culture of teaching and learning, education MEC Reginah Mhaule has vowed that the shortage of teachers in various schools across the province will be a thing of the past next year.
Mhaule said about 223 graduates would be placed in schools next year as the process to achieve this was at its final stage.
She said her department re-employed 2536 temporary contract teachers two months ago. All vacant teacher posts would be filled by placing teachers who were additional to the posts’ establishment and by bursary holders who graduated this year.
“The Mpumalanga department of education confirms that there will be a teacher in every class in the 2013 school year. Currently, the department has 32637 permanent teachers for the 2013 academic year resulting in a teacher, pupil ratio of 1:29, which is the most favourable in the country,” said Mhaule.
She said her department had also advertised the vacant posts of principals, deputy principals and heads of departments in various schools.“This is intended to ensure the management of schools and curriculum implementation is attended to at all times. There are currently 803 teachers who are additional to the departmental post establishment. Bohlabela has 372, Ehlanzeni 124, Gert Sibande 98 and Nkangala districts 209.
“This kind of collaboration will go a long way in improving the delivery of education,” Mhaule said.
Bohlabela incorporates Bushbuckridge, Gert Sibande and Nkangala.