14th March 2013

For the first time in 147 years of the existence of Templeton High School the School Governing Body (SGB) had to close the school as a result of the reluctance of the Department of Education (DoE) to appoint and pay teachers.  Out of the 20 approved posts the (DoE) only pays the salaries of 12 teachers who must educate 626 learners from grades R – 12.

 To compound the problem the school also has to pay three Non teaching staff members in vacant departmental posts.  The Governing body has to pay more than R45 000 monthly in the form of salaries which is actually the DoE’s responsibility. The school is also experiencing shortages in textbooks, furniture and classrooms.  The staff has to raise funds to pay themselves and in the process class time is utilised for fund raising. All protocol efforts up to now has not paid off. 

 The SGB is currently busy laying a formal complaint against the DoE and is anxiously waiting for a desirable solution.

 

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