Shock as substitute teachers cut

Educators express concern, but officials say paid leave being abused

THE Eastern Cape Department of Education is skimping on the substitute teacher budget to ensure there is enough money to hire permanent teachers – a move schools and unions say is ill-advised.

Nelson Mandela Bay principals were stunned to get a circular last week telling them the department had exhausted the budget for substitute teachers – just two months into the new financial year.

The department, which has been on a desperate drive to appoint much-needed teachers to thousands of vacant posts across the province, this week told schools no substitute appointments would be approved as they had run out of funds.

-Zandile Mbabela

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