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'Education dept won't pay teacher's salaries'

Almost 100 schools in the Eastern Cape accused the department of failing to employ teachers.

FILE: Almost 100 schools in the Eastern Cape accused the Department of Education of failing to employ teachers. Picture: Supplied.

JOHANNESBURG - Almost 100 schools in the Eastern Cape have accused the Department of Education of failing to abide by its constitutional mandate to employ teachers.

The Legal Resources Centre is representing 90 schools in the Grahamstown High Court that are demanding to have more teachers permanently employed by the department.

Schools claim they've have had to use their own funds to hire additional staff.

Schools in the Eastern Cape say they have had to cover the expense of hiring additional teachers by increasing fees or holding regular fundraising events.

90 schools are calling for the Education Department to reimburse over R81 million spent on hiring additional teachers.

Director at the Legal Resources Centre Susan Sephton said, "The schools must be reimbursed for the money they have spent on teachers that the department should have spent."

However the department has argued that it does not currently have the funds to reimburse the schools and cannot be swayed on which teachers to employ.

Judgement is expected to be handed down next week.