Little hope for jobs for EC Funza Lushaka bursary holders

There is little hope for jobs for new teachers who have qualified under the Funza Lushaka bursary scheme despite its slogan, ‘Make a difference…become a teacher’.

According to the reply to a legislature question I asked the MEC for Education, Mandla Makapula, his department had 5 239 vacancies and 9 144 additional educations as at 27 January.

In addition, the department had 846 Funza Lushaka graduates on its database who qualified in 2012 and 2013. These graduates would be “prioritised” after the current additional educators were placed and “if there are any suitable vacancies”.  For the reply, click here:

Reply to oral question 1 of 2014

Under the current education system a career in teaching is simply not a viable option in the Eastern Cape.

The ongoing post-establishment deadlock is due to the failure by the Department of Education to place the right number of correctly qualified teachers in every school in the province. Agreement 1 of 2014 between the Department of Education and the South African Democratic Teachers Union (Sadtu) is simply a sugar-coated version of Agreement 1 of 2003. (subs: 2003). As long as this standoff between the department and union is allowed to continue, there will be few jobs for young teachers and our children will suffer the consequences of not getting an education.

The DA welcomes that MEC’s acceptance of our suggestion that teachers be offered early retirement without incurring penalties. This will begin to alleviate the decade-long dilemma in the province whereby we have twice as many surplus teachers than we have funded vacant posts.

I echo the words of DA Provincial Leader Athol Trollip last week during the legislature debate on the Premier’s State of the Province Address, that children without an education “have no hope or future other than standing in EPWP queues to get piece work to push a spade or to draw some kind of SASSA grant from the State”.

Today too many South Africans are left out of the economy because they cannot access skills and they cannot find work. Our education system under President Jacob Zuma’s ANC has left too many of our people out of the economy.

The DA stands for change. The DA stands for jobs.


2 comments on “Little hope for jobs for EC Funza Lushaka bursary holders
  1. This is very sad indeed, I am a young professional, having a National diploma in Electrical Engineering, I quit my job at Eskom so I can pursue my calling, which I believe to be teaching, but all I fund is a messed up educational system, if you have not payed a visit to EC schools you don’t have a clue of how hopeless the situation is, the foundations of our society have literally decayed.

  2. Ningi Mbali says:

    im a qualified teacher of History and IsiZulu FET Phase and i also teach tourism. im seeking teaching job. my number is 0839764947. I’m also a funza lushaka bursary holder.