WCED slammed over trip to Israel

A visit to Israel by a delegation from the Western Cape Education Department (WCED) has raised eyebrows, with some accusing the department of conducting the trip under a veil of secrecy. The visit was widely condemned on Thursday after photos of WCED official Karen Dudley circulated on social media, in[…]

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Schools remain open despite strike action

Schools across the Western Cape will remain open tomorrow despite the planned strike action by the South African Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu). The trade union has promised a complete shutdown around the country, as it protests against the national minimum wage and other labour issues. There are a number[…]

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Public Protector probes teachers

The Public Protector has launched an investigation into South Africa’s professional body for teachers following allegations of financial mismanagement and nepotism. Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane has begun an investigation into the SA Council for Educators (Sace), due to allegations that unqualified officials were appointed to positions that were not advertised.[…]

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WCED to close loopholes for staff appointments

The Western Cape Education Department (WCED) is taking action after discovering loopholes in their vetting system. The action comes after the accidental employment of a paedophile as a tutor at a local school in Lentegeur, Mitchells Plain. The WCED plans to take action by strengthening their vetting system that will[…]

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222 Cape teaches bust for corporal punishment

Two hundred and twenty-two teaches in the Western Cape have been found guilty of corporal punishment in the last year. That is the statistic provided by the Western Cape Education Department (WCED) for the 2015/16 financial year. Spokesman Paddy Attwell tells the Cape Argus the WCED found there was no[…]

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Ageing principals exiting education

As educators and principles begin the academic year, many questions have been raised regarding the increasing number of educators and principles who have chosen to exit the education system. While senior educators might have been given their fair share to the education system of our country, the early retirement of[…]

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Sadtu hits back after cash-for-teachers report

Education department officials are the corrupt ones, not Sadtu, a senior union official claimed on Sunday. But this allegation was rejected by an education spokesperson, who told News24 this was impossible. The SA Democratic Teachers Union came out strongly against the basic education department on Sunday, accusing senior officials of[…]

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