Concern about Cape teachers' ages

Cape Town - More than 41% of permanent teachers and principals in the Western Cape will reach retirement age in the next 15 years, it was reported on Wednesday.

Almost half of permanent teachers, heads of department, principals and their deputies, or around 11 600 people, were 50 or older, The Cape Times reported.

The department employed 31 628 teachers, of whom 2 942 were on contract.

The figures were revealed by provincial education department human resources director Ivan Carolus in the provincial legislature on Tuesday.

Education standing committee chairperson Cathy Labuschagne said the figures were concerning.

Carolus said the department was closely monitoring the situation.

"We believe we have a sufficient number of graduates to address the teachers who retire or fill vacancies," he said.

He said the department would advertise four vacancy lists this year to appoint teachers where schools needed them.

Education MEC Donald Grant reportedly said around 800 students graduated each year and that the department could not place most of them.

Wade Suster 2013-05-15 09:37:40 AM
Those are the teachers u want hanging around. The ones with the correct/propper education.
Ashley Gerard Eloff-Mueller 2013-05-15 09:55:52 AM
Gosh and they are of a much better quality than the younger teachers who think they are doing our kids a favour!
Zelda Matthews 2013-05-15 10:06:38 AM
Wade my friend that is true!
Naas Ferreira 2013-05-15 10:13:16 AM
Those who can, do. Those who can't do, teach. Those who can't teach, administrate.
Thomas Rushby 2013-05-15 10:13:49 AM
This article is odd. First it says most the teachers are retiring so it seems we will run out and then goes on to say we have a large infulx of graduating students that they can not place.
mapepaki 2013-05-15 10:22:49 AM
So instead of whinning about it start doing something about it. Bet the rest of the country has the same problem but have not done any research on the matter. Don't be another ESKOM
Carvern Jacobs 2013-05-15 10:35:36 AM
Ohk, so why not permanently employ the thousands of young teacher graduates out there, and believe their are a lot of them. But yet you offer them short term contracts when needed and expect them to work under pressure with students they dont know and get used to.
robynkelly.booysen 2013-05-15 11:04:33 AM
Teaching has become a last resort for many young people. Very few of them choose the career based on a pure passion for the job. To those retiring soon, I salute you on a job well done! Let's hope my generation won't destroy all your years of hard work.
sihle.malope 2013-05-15 11:40:07 AM
Please first address the issue of recruiting teachers with the involvement of SGB because they choose relatives and people from nearby. Kanti eMpuma Koloni uyakufumana umhlohli okhaya likuQumbu abe ehlola kuCentane yaye akubikho ngxaki!