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27 August, 2007

Teacher vacancies receive excellent response - MEC Dugmore

The Western Cape Education Department (WCED) has received an excellent response to its latest advertisements for teachers in the province.

Applications for the posts closed on Friday, 24 August 2007. Officials are working overtime, including weekends, to process the applications to ensure that the appointment process runs according to schedule.

The advertising process for the latest vacancies started on 27 June 2007 when the WCED opened its electronic vacancy list for schools and other institutions.

We are grateful to schools for capturing vacancies on our online system on time. Our challenge now is to meet the remaining deadlines so that we are well prepared for next year.

Last year we received 25 550 applications for 2 130 posts advertised in the second vacancy list for 2006.

This year we advertised 1 301 posts. It is still too early to tell how many applications we received this year, but indications are that we have received between 25 000 and 30 000 applications.

In our first vacancy list earlier this year we advertised 1,191 posts, which attracted 14,987 applications. The second vacancy list for the year normally attracts more applications because teachers prefer to start new employment at the beginning of the year.

We are now sorting and capturing the applications ands will send them to schools by 19 September 2007. Schools will then shortlist and interview candidates and must submit nominations to the WCED by 25 October 2007.

We appeal to schools to work with us to ensure that we stick to the schedule so that we can approve nominations by 30 November 2007. We can then make appointments in time from 1 January 2008.

We are currently on track for meeting our deadlines, and we have every reason to be confident that staff establishments will be in place in good time for the 2008 school year.

For enquiries, contact Paddy Attwell: pattwell@pgwc.gov.za or Gert Witbooi: 082 550 3938, or gwitbooi@pgwc.gov.za.

Issued by:
Gert Witbooi
Media Liaison Officer
Office of the MEC for Education
Western Cape
Tel: 021 467 2523
Fax: 021 425 5689

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