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Speaking at a Teachers Award Event in Kempton, President Cyril Ramaphosa was earnest about the importance of education and how black people were deprived education in the past. Ramaphosa delivered the keynote address at the annual National Teaching Awards in Kempton Park on Wednesday.  
 


The Eastern Cape Education Department is grappling to fill thousands of teacher vacancies. The department has confirmed that more than 2 000 posts need to be filled after many of its staff members left this past year.


After being accused of not paying screeners and temporary as well as substitute teachers by SADTU, the Northern Cape's provincial education department has come to give its side of the story regarding the matter.

 


Recently another school has been destroyed and others vandalized and looted, which compromises the education of many children. These events have left NAPTOSA feeling sickened.

 


The Department of Basic Education was expected to finish its vaccination programme of teachers on 8 July 2021. The two weeks’ timeline for vaccination of teachers started on 23 June 2021 but there are new developments, read further for more.


It has been said that as of Wednesday, the 30th of June, the vaccine rollout for independent school teachers has been moving swiftly despite initial delays in the vaccination schedule as a result of unregistered educators.

 


The Teachers Council has launched a handbook for teachers on how to deal with violence at school. Teachers have been facing violence in various forms for years and the Teachers Council is finally acknowledging it. 


Teachers with misconducts are now less likely to be re-employed because, of the amended terms and conditions. The new system finally prevents teachers with sexual misconducts from reentering the institutions and being reinstated. 


Recently an article was released by Businesstech.co.za, which stated that there was a shortage of 24 000 teachers in the country, however according to the Department of Basic Education that was incorrect.


Due to budget cuts the KwaZulu-Natal Education Department does not have the funds required to employ more teachers. The KZN Education Department has requested millions in order to fill the vacant teaching posts.


School children and teachers are being traumatised by high amount of gang violence in surrounding area. A sustainable solution in required to access the issue of gang violence. 


Thousands of Western Cape leaners still remain unplaced as the Department of Educations struggles to fund new infrastructure and teachers. Public schools have now been open for a month. 


With the vaccine rollout going smoothly, the South African Democratic Teachers Union, better known as SADTU, is questioning government's processes. They want government to not only do more but to also prioritise the vaccinations of teachers.


Kwazulu-Natal seems to have a teacher shortage as 4000 teachers need to be replaced and even more might be needed. The province's Matric pass rate has dropped since last year.


The Department of Basic Education's Minister Angie Motshekga has said that parents must still pay school fees at fee-paying schools despite schools closing for extended periods of time due to outbreaks of Covid-19. 


With learners heading back to public schools in less than a week, concern within the sector and within homes grows as we live alongside Covid-19. Some schools are also reported to have shortages of teachers amongst other concerns.


Recently the TPN Credit Bureau conducted a survey which indicated that schools are facing challenges in collecting fees from parents. 


Teacher unions are concerned that too many schools don’t have PPE for their educators as teachers are set to be back on duty at public schools today. The lives and safety of teachers are a big concern when it comes to the reopening of schools.


According to the calendar set out by the Department of Basic Education, school management teams and support staff are expected to return to schools today. 


Some teachers are now showing concern and are worried that even with the delayed reopening of schools, returning to schools still won't be safe for them. Teachers are due back at schools on 1 February with learners following on 15 February.

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