THE Eastern Cape Education Department will shed more than 4000 teaching positions next year due to declining pupil numbers in the province.
Education MEC Mandla Makupula declared a total of 55796 educator posts for 2014 yesterday.
The department has 60060 teachers, effectively meaning it will scrap at least 4264 teaching positions.
This includes a large number of teachers sitting at home on sick leave.
DA MPL Edmund van Vuuren said he believed the number of posts to be shed was higher and the figures given by the department were incorrect. He said 5024 posts would be slashed. – Zisanda Nkonkobe