Western Cape Receives 676 New Teaching Posts
- The budget of the Western Cape Education Department.
- The increase in number of learners within the system.
- Projected growth in learner numbers as a result of inward migration.
- The curriculum needs of schools.
- The impact on improved language and mathematics skills.
- The protection of non-negotiable priorities such as the provision for school infrastructure and maintenance.
- Cost of living, inflation and pay progression.
- The continuation of our pro-poor relief measures.
|Number of posts||30 989||31 091||31 091||31 131|
|Number of Posts||30 989||31 091||31091||31 131||31 357|
The basket for 2015:
After various consultations, calculations and forecasting, the WCED have approached me to determine the number of additional posts for the 2015 school year.
I am delighted to announce that we will be able to increase in a sustainable manner the number of new educator posts to 32 033 in 2015 – a further increase of 676 posts as compared to the adjusted allocation this year.
|Number of posts||30 989||31 091||31 091||31 131||31 357||32 033|
If we compare these figures to the basket as agreed to the same time last year, the number of posts will have increased by 902 within one year. Therefore, at the start of the 2015 school year, there will be 902 more educators than in January 2014.
The projected teacher to learner ratio is expected to be 34:1 based on projected learner numbers for 2015. This is the lowest it has been in the last ten years which an exceptional achievement given the financial climate and the level of inward migration over the last few years.
Please note that this average does also not include office based educators, educators in excess, substitute educators and educators at special needs schools. (If this was included the ratio would be lower)
As this is an average, it does not mean that this will be the ratio in every school.
The increase in educator posts for the 2015 basket is unprecedented and I would like to thank the Western Cape Education Department for making this increase possible. The additional teaching posts for schools in 2015 is a testimony to how good management and planning can be applied to ensure that we achieve our overarching objective of providing a quality education to all the learners of the Western Cape, and a pleasant teaching environment for our teachers.
I would also like to thank all the organisations that participated in the process. Their input has helped to achieve a very favorable outcome, in a financially sound and sustainable manner.
The WCED, in consultation with educator unions and school governing body associations, will now determine where each of the additional posts will be allocated.
I look forward to a favourable outcome in this regard, also taking into account our three strategic goals of improved language and mathematics results in schools, the improvement in the number (retention) and quality of passes in the NSC, and the reduction in the number of underperforming schools.