PARTIES SLAM ‘DISPLACED’ OFFICIALS LIST: DAILY DISPATCH

OPPOSITION parties have slammed the Eastern Cape department of education for failing to resolve the issue surrounding more than 200 “displaced” officials in the province.

This is after it emerged the officials who were no longer in their original jobs, or were sitting at home, were still on the department’s payroll.

“We find it disturbing that at a time when the government of the Eastern Cape is facing a major problem with its education, there are people who are just earning salaries for doing nothing,” said UDM provincial spokesman Wandile Tsipa.

The Daily Dispatch yesterday reported that the displaced group included school principals, deputy principals, former further education and training (FET) college lecturers and heads of department in schools. About 140 FET lecturers and 36 school principals form part of the displaced list.

Most of the teachers and principals had been chased away from their schools by either parents or pupils, according to the provincial department. Tsipa accused the department of using its resources in an uneconomical manner.

“Otherwise how do you explain a situation where you have big numbers of officials who are getting salaries for doing absolutely nothing? This is happening at the expense of the taxpayers,” he said.

Edmund van Vuuren, DA portfolio head on education in the provincial legislature, said the situation was completely unacceptable.

“It is only in this country where you find situations where pupils and parents chase away teachers and principals.”

Van Vuuren claimed he had witnessed a group of displaced FET lecturers playing tennis during working hours in Port Elizabeth.

Education spokesman Loyiso Pulumani said the department was working tirelessly to address the situation. — sikhon@dispatch.co.za