The Department of Basic Education Finds Itself in a Dilemma
The Basic Education Department says it cannot afford to bring in substitute teachers.
This comes out from 22 000 teachers with multiple medical conditions at the same time and they have applied to work from home and have been approved.
According to the department, its constrained budget is not COVID-19 related.
“We don’t have new money, so we have to be extremely cautious about how we employ because we are then taking all the reserves we have,” said Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga.
There are many educators working from home and it must now find substitute teachers, but this does not seem financially possible.
The Department of Basic Education says they have made a plan.
“We have made a bid to the treasury, to say as things look, we are unlikely to cope within the budget. That is why we appreciate donations so that we don’t use our money for other things. We use our money for learning and teaching.
Meanwhile teachers are feeling the pressure. Ben Machipi, a professional educator said this has caused problems for teachers as they are overly burden.
Schools will have to be innovative as they will have to focus on some subjects.
For now, learning and teaching are continuing as best as possible under the circumstances.