Millions secured for scores of non-teaching posts
MAYOR Danny Jordaan has secured funding for the appointment of non-teaching staff at various Nelson Mandela Bay schools which have been battling since the announcement of a moratorium on the appointments of cleaners, caretakers and secretaries nearly 20 years ago.
Jordaan is expected to make the announcement next week following a series of meetings with the Northern Areas Education Forum (NAEF) after peaceful picketing to demand better teaching conditions at schools escalated into three days of violence in July.
Since 1996, schools have not received any additional funding from the Department of Education to appoint non-teaching staff and in many cases have had to pay caretakers, cleaners and secretaries from their own funds.
The lack of such staff at schools was one of the issues the NAEF raised during its picketing earlier this year.
Jordaan’s chief of staff, Mlungisi Ncame, said the mayor had instructed the administration to set aside R4.7-million to assist with the employment of non-teaching staff.
“We have also received an additional R1.7-million from the Minister of Public Works, Mr Thulas Nxesi, for this purpose,” Ncame said.
The process of appointing such staff by school governing bodies (SGBs) had started and they and Jordaan would hold a joint press briefing within the next week on developments.
“In the past three months the executive mayor has held at least three meetings with the MEC of Basic Education, Mr [Mandla] Makupula, to get updates on the plans of the department to deal with the problem of teacher shortages and other issues raised by the SGBs,” Ncame said.
NAEF secretary Richard Draai confirmed that the process of appointing the nonteaching staff had already started.
“Each school has appointed one person,” Draai said.
“There are 56 schools in the northern areas, but other schools from elsewhere in the metro will also be appointing one person.
“Some require a caretaker or cleaner, while other schools need a secretary.
“The people are being appointed by the SGBs and as the SGBs we have asked for an unemployed parent from our area to be appointed into the position.”
Ncame said: “We will confirm the details at the joint press briefing with the SGBs.”