|2012 07 27 Out of court settlement reached in E Cape teacher dispute|
Eastern Cape parents are one step closer to winning their case against the Eastern Cape and National Education Departments regarding the appointment and payment of teachers. The case was heard in the Eastern Cape High Court in Grahamstown. The legal teams of both parties have reached an out of court settlement on temporary teachers and the 2012 staff component.
Judge Clive Plaskett has reserved judgment. Sarah Sephton of the Legal Resource Centre says the agreements are a victory for education in the province.
Plaskett says they are extremely disappointed that it had to come to court to force government to perform their constitutional obligation. "The implementation of post establishments is something that should be done on an annual basis - that's what the Department of Education should be doing. The cost of litigation is high," added Plaskett.
The parties had agreed to appoint and pay teachers according to the 2012 post arrangement. The legal teams had reached agreement on payment, backpay of temporary teachers and the appointment of certain categories of teachers to alleviate the shortage of teachers at affected schools.