Thousands of vacant teaching posts puts Limpopo learners at risk

Issued by Lindy Wilson MPL – DA Limpopo Provincial Leader
22 Apr 2024 in Press Statements

The DA in Limpopo has written to Education MEC, Mavhungu Lerule-Ramakhanya to establish why there is such a large number of teaching vacancies in the province and when these will be filled.

Limpopo currently has 4933 vacant teacher posts. This was revealed in a reply to the DA’s written questions in the National Assembly to the Minister of Basic Education.

These vacant posts deprive our learners of quality education and results in schools being overcrowded, and understaffed.

The failure of Limpopo’s department of Education to fill vacant teaching posts weakens our entire education system and negatively impacts learner’s opportunities to excel academically and significantly reduces their prospects for tertiary education and employment. Limpopo already has an expanded unemployment rate of 46,7%.

Lerule-Ramakhanya needs to prioritise addressing the large number of vacant posts. She must indicate the challenges that have caused the large number of vacancies and what is currently being done to urgently fill these posts.

The DA will continue to monitor the progress in the province with regard to this issue. The DA has a plan to rescue learners from a failing education system. To ensure quality education and a bright future for learners, vote DA on 29 May.