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education thumb100 News24 reports that the Western Cape Education Department (WCED) has opted not to renew the contracts of 15 teachers in Atlantis, leaving several schools in the area without enough staff to teach pupils.

Last week, the schools concerned issued letters to parents outlining the resultant problems. WCED laid the blame for the termination of the teacher contacts at the feet of the national government. WCED spokesperson Bronagh Hammond said the department was doing everything to support the schools following major budget cuts imposed by the national government. "The WCED is currently facing an R870 million deficit in the 2024/25 financial year that needs to be absorbed to cover the cost of the increases in the nationally negotiated public sector wage agreement," Hammond indicated. However, parents in Atlantis were fuming over the changes. Megan Botha, a guardian of a pupil at Avondale Primary School, raised concerns about the termination of the teachers' contracts and the resulting overcrowding in classes: "The termination and overcrowding of classes at the school will affect the pupils' learning, you can imagine the kids not attending every day; this means we have to get our children extra lessons to boost them. Kids will fail and the teachers will burn out.” Glen Mavis, a parent of a pupil at Robinvale High School, said parents had received notification from the school regarding the loss of four teachers from 1 April, and the school said its functionality would be severely compromised due to inadequate staff to cover the workload.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Mothushi Thoka at News24

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