Wednesday, April 23, 2008

WC rural schools to receive R40 million for better teachers

By Celeste Ganga
23 April 2008

The National government has allocated more than R40 million rand to Western Cape rural schools with the view to assist these schools to recruit teachers where they find it difficult to recruit and retain qualified and competent teachers in scarce skills subjects.

“These rural schools (especially on farms schools) will definitely be able to get by with the extra incentives (money) set aside- which means they will now have extra money to recruit teachers with incentives of up to R11.528 000 per year, per post. We are certain that we will be able to attract certain teachers to the rural schools,” says WCED spokesperson Gert Witbooi.

He adds that this is a ground breaking initiative from the department and from government, “it will go a long way in helping to stabilise the system and give learners a fair chance in life to be able to succeed”.

Witbooi says that the recruitment programme will start in June/July and the programme will be an ongoing one.

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