I have been in contact with the acting Superintendent-General of Education, Mthunywa Ngonzo, the ensure that the list of the 2012 graduates of the Funza Lushaka Bursary is made available at the districts as a matter of urgency.
There may be bursary holders within the group that have the necessary qualifications to teach in subject areas where there are acute shortages of appropriately qualified educators.
I have requested the SG to give the necessary instructions to the Acting Chief of Human Resources and Development, Mr. Payi to have these lists made available to all relevant districts with immediate effect.
The non-permanent appointment of these bursary holders is also of great concern. Mr Ngonzo indicated that new systems would be put place to have these bursary holders appointed permanently.
I have also brought recent incidents where principals have suspended learners without following due procedures to the attention of the SG. Access to education is a constitutional right of all learners.
I have requested Mr. Ngonzo to rectify this matter by issuing a memorandum and warning principals to refrain from these illegal actions.
Furthermore, I have received numerous queries that schools refuse to re-admit learners who failed last year. These unilateral decisions by principals to deny such learners access to education cannot be condoned. It is against departmental policy and principals should be made aware of it