EC schools struggle to pay educators
Temporary educators at some EC schools have not yet been paid.
CAPE TOWN - Members of the education portfolio committee in the Eastern Cape said at the weekend it believes some pupils will not be taught on the first day of school.
The region saw a troubled 2012 with excess temporary teachers, many of whom have not yet been paid.
It also scored the lowest matric pass rate, despite a three percent hike.
The Democratic Alliance (DA)'s Education Shadow Minister Edmund Van Vuuren said there were thousands of teachers who need to be deployed, but refuse to move.
"The excess of teachers can be anything from 4,500 and 6,715. Those are the numbers of teachers sitting at schools whose services are not needed."
Van Vuuren said he believes strike action by teachers is looming.
The South African Democratic Teacher's Unions (Sadtu) said it believes not enough vacancies have been filled.
"The majority of those teachers are not going to heed the call because they belong to Sadtu. I predict that come 16 January we are still going to have classes without teachers."