A picture shows on February 7, 2013 a blackboard at the Alapha Secondary School in Bayswater, a village near Limpopo, South Africa. The school, built by parents in 1985, welcomes in its five classrooms students from poor background. Without library, laboratory or running water, teachers and pupils are even determined to improve the last year results, Principal Jonas Ramapuputla said.   AFP PHOTO / MUJAHID SAFODIEN

Cape Town - A total of 267 public school teachers have been fired over the past two-and-a-half years, says Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga.

A further 631 were suspended, and 249 placed on “precautionary suspension”, during the same period.

In a written reply to a parliamentary question, tabled on Thursday, she said the figures were for all provinces except KwaZulu-Natal, where such information was not available in time.

The totals include the 2012/13 and 2013/14 financial years, as well as the period from April 1 this year to date.

According to the reply, 242 of the teachers involved in the disciplinary actions were SA Democratic Teachers Union members.

The question was posed by Democratic Alliance MP Gordon Mackay.