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education blackboard thumb medium80 92Independent News reports that the Department of Basic Education (DBE) does not expect a significant number of teachers to be employed during the coming period, with only a few cases of schools requiring more classrooms.  

This was indicated by Minister Angie Motshekga, who was responding to a parliamentary question about whether more teachers would be appointed across the country to teach the split classes of the different grades during the Covid-19 pandemic.  “There will be a few cases where schools will require additional classroom space to accommodate learners.  On the whole, there will be no need to appoint additional educators in large numbers to accommodate social distancing,” Motshekga advised.  She added that it was not expected that the demand for additional teachers due to social distancing would rise, as the main constraint was the availability of classroom space.  “Schools will use various models to accommodate learners; including alternate times, days, weeks’ attendance, depending on the context of a particular school,” Motshekga pointed out.  Where educators should be required to work additional hours, it would be within reasonable limits, also taking into account that all extra-curricular activities have been suspended.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Mayibongwe Maqhina at Independent News

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