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R2.3bn paid to surplus teachers

Feb 03 2013 09:50 Sapa

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Johannesburg - An amount of R2.3bn is being paid by the education department to teachers whose posts were abolished, the Sunday Times reported.

Teaching posts are cut when pupil numbers drop at a school or a subject is phased out. The Eastern Cape has 8 825 vacancies, and 6 378 surplus teachers.

The Sunday newspaper established that a teacher in Limpopo has not taught a lesson in two years since her post was scrapped.

KwaZulu-Natal education MEC Senzo Mchunu said having surplus teachers was a "sheer waste of public money".

There is a national shortage of 15 000 teachers.
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