TEACHERS TO BE AXED

LABOUR unions have expressed concern over the decision by the Limpopo department of education to terminate the services of about 2000 temporary teachers.

LABOUR unions have expressed concern over the decision by the Limpopo department of education to terminate the services of about 2000 temporary teachers.

The provincial education department last week issued the teachers with letters informing them that their services would no longer be required from next month.

This despite the fact that no appointments have been made to replace the teachers.

Unions say the department's poor planning will negatively affect the future of millions of pupils. Some subjects will be without teachers.

They say poor planning and reliance on temporary teachers will affect the future of millions of the province's pupils as it will compromise learning and teaching.

One of the unions has slammed the department for relying on temporary teachers and suspending their services as it wished, while the fate of pupils hung in the balance.

Jake Madimbo of the Professional Educators Union (PEU) says the system used by the department to employ teachers was demoralising and revealed a lack of efficiency.

He says the PEU would have preferred the situation to have been addressed in December as it will have an impact in the classrooms.

"We are going to take the department head-on. There's inefficiency in the system," Madimbo says .

He says the current system exploits teachers and has created huge backlogs as posts were filled by temporary appointments for years.

George Mudumela, spokesperson for the South African Democratic Teachers Union, said yesterday the current employment system practised by the provincial department was not acceptable.

"Teachers are being exploited and this is not acceptable," Mudumela said.

Provincial department of education spokesperson Ndo Mangala confirmed yesterday that the letters had been sent to the teachers since the province was approaching the end of the financial year.

"Their posts will be filled, and those teachers knew that their contracts would end this month," Mangala said.

He denied that this would have a negative impact on teachers and pupils.

"Teachers will be employed to fill the positions left by the temporary teachers. There will be no negative impact," Mangala added.

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