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Final report on ‘teachers post for sale’ scandal due in Feb

Minister Motshekga says the investigation had to be extended because of the emergence of new cases.

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga says her department is finalising its findings into the jobs for cash scandal, and a report is expected to be released next month.

A damning report by Umalusi head professor John Volmink implicated teachers union, South African Democratic Teachers Union.

It also revealed an investigation by the Gauteng Education Department, where it was found that a handful of teachers and officials testified that posts were sold for between R30,000 and R45,000.

Motshekga says a task team appointed to investigate the matter has asked for an extension, as more incidents have emerged.

"New cases keep coming; so we said to them, 'let's reach a point where we say this is final'. If there is any new work coming in, it will be new revelations."

Motshekga says her department is also looking at ways of remodelling how teachers and principals are appointed.

"Some are legal, it's about the law [and] some affect stakeholders, so we do need to improve speed to get the final report.

The department says the final reports on the selling of posts will be released on the 15 February.

EDUCATION SECTOR WORKING TO RESOLVE PLACEMENT PROBLEMS

At the same time, Motshekga has appealed to parents not keep their children at home due to placement problems in the sector.

The 2016 academic year kicked off with thousands of children still without a school.

The minister held a briefing in Pretoria today following a meeting with the Council of Education Ministers yesterday, to discuss various issues affecting the department.

She says the main challenges include dealing with the movement of pupils across the country and within provinces.

Motshekga says some principles have refused to allow more children into their classroom, despite having space.

"There are still some learners that we are finding difficult to place. I will be meeting the MEC for Gauteng tomorrow morning, just to see what can be done to finalise the process. We were hoping that by month-end all the learners would be placed."

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