News Articles

DA calls on education MEC to intervene so Zim teachers can return to SA

Source: , 15/09/2020

The DA in Limpopo is calling on Education MEC Polly Boshielo to
intervene and approach the home affairs department to help Zimbabwean
teachers return to SA.
According to the party, an education portfolio committee meeting last
week revealed that about 400 gateway subject teachers, mostly from
Zimbabwe, were unable to enter South Africa due to border restrictions.
Gateway subjects include mathematics, physical science, economics,
agricultural sciences and accounting.
`The failure of these gateway subject teachers to enter the country and
resume work will have an extremely negative effect on the preparation of
learners for their final exams and their chances to achieve good marks
for admission into institutions of higher learning.
`The impact of the failure of these teachers to resume work is further
compounded by the fact that almost half the school year has been lost
due to Covid-19,` DA provincial legislature member Jacques Smalle said
on Tuesday.
According to the provincial education department, of the 379 foreign
teachers who teach maths and sciences at high schools in the province,
only 20 were locked in Zimbabwe due to the lockdown.
The Department of Home Affairs has since assisted four teachers to
return, Limpopo education spokesperson Tidimalo Chuene said.

Sixteen remain outside the country and processes are under way to ensure
they return to classes, she added.
`These educators are appointed in temporary posts due to the nature of
their citizenship. They are paid a normal educator salary through the
PERSAL system.`
Meanwhile, those who remain outside of South Africa`s borders are
`deemed to be on unpaid leave`.
Chuene said the department stopped their salaries and substituted them.

But Smalle said the teachers should be allowed to enter the country as a
matter of urgency, given their contribution to the vital subject areas
they teach.

He added that, in the 2019 final matric exams, the province achieved
lower percentages than the national average of pupils who achieved above
30% in all 11 gateway subjects.

www.samigration.com


Search

  •    Indications are that the billionaire Gupta brothers and their wives have pipped South African law enforcement to the Interpol post with a preventive strike that is likely to stall the issuing of red notices. Interpol red notices are a vital tool in South Africa’s quest to definitively locate members of the Gupta family for possible extradition. It therefore makes sense that blocking efforts to secure such notices would be a priority for the family ` four of whom are fugitives from justice.... Read more...
  •    ... Read more...
  •    Xpatweb has released its 2020/21 Critical Skills Survey Report, which details the eight most sought-after jobs in the IT sector right now. The survey is conducted annually across a wide range of multi-national and corporate companies in South Africa to determine and assess the pressure points that human resource and global mobility practitioners face in sourcing critically skilled individuals when seeking to fill posts locally.... Read more...
  •    Xpatweb has released its 2020/21 Critical Skills Survey Report, which details the eight most sought-after jobs in the IT sector right now. The survey is conducted annually across a wide range of multi-national and corporate companies in South Africa to determine and assess the pressure points that human resource and global mobility practitioners face in sourcing critically skilled individuals when seeking to fill posts locally.... Read more...
  •    The first annual Microsoft Work Trend Index should be a wake-up call for bosses and software developers alike to improve employee experiences as offices reopen.... Read more...
  •    Ukheshe Technologies and Infobip have recently developed South Africa`s very first WhatsApp payment gateway for use by Telkom. In addition to being South Africa’s first digital wallet platform, the solution is also the first WhatsApp channel to enable payments using QR.... Read more...
  •    There is a ban on travelling to India using the land ports till July 14 Bangladeshi nationals who are stranded in India will be able to return home on Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday of every week.... Read more...
  •    South Africans are enjoying a level of success that is nothing short of remarkable in gaining permanent residency in Canada under the Start-Up Visa program.... Read more...
  •    6 May is observed internationally as World Password Day. This day is seen as an opportunity to promote better password habits while highlighting the critical need for improved cybersecurity. World Password Day originates from the security researcher Mark Burnett as he realised that the passwords most people were using were hopelessly inadequate.... Read more...
  •    The impact of mobile technology is likely to be even more profound in the future, with 5G ` or the fifth generation of mobile communications technologies ` expected to have an even greater societal levelling effect than its predecessors, says Dejan Kastelic.... Read more...

Get the latest Immigration News