R2.3bn paid to surplus teachers

An amount of R2.3 billion is being paid by the education department to teachers whose posts were abolished, the Sunday Times reported.

Teaching posts are cut when pupil numbers drop at a school or a subject is phased out.

The Eastern Cape has 8825 vacancies, and 6378 surplus teachers.

The Sunday newspaper established that a teacher in Limpopo has not taught a lesson in two years since her post was scrapped.

KwaZulu-Natal education MEC Senzo Mchunu said having surplus teachers was a “sheer waste of public money”.

There is a national shortage of 15,000 teachers. - Sapa