1 143 new Western Cape teaching posts for the 2023 academic year

04 Aug 2022 in Where We Govern

We have completed the first part of our stakeholder consultations for the year, and we are pleased to announce that we are now in a position to appoint up to 1 143 teachers in 2023.

Last month, I met with stakeholders as part of the Annual Consultation process according to the provisions of the Employment of Educators’ Act, and shared the news that the Basket of Affordable Posts for teachers will be increased by 1 143 posts for 2023.

This increased allocation will allow for the appointment of up to 1 143 additional teachers to the current staff of the Western Cape Education Department.

The details of the distribution of these posts are still to be finalised as part of the stakeholder consultation process.

This is a much-needed boost to our system. In previous years, our budget has allowed us to only expand by as little as 6 additional posts, as seen in 2016, with increases thereafter.

What this increase does is to put us in a better position to expand learning opportunities and deliver quality education in the Western Cape.

Year Basket Growth
2016 32 039 – increased by 6
2017 32 320 – increased by 281
2018 32 894 – increased by 574
2019 33 436 – increased by 542
2020 33 865 – increased by 429
2021 33 865 – no decrease
2021 – Adjusted 1 April 34 384 – increased by 519
2022 34 974 – increased by 590
2022 – Adjusted 1 April 35 274 – increased by 300
2023 36 417 – increased by 1 143

Once we have finalised our engagements with education stakeholders regarding the distribution of the posts, we will be able to inform schools of their teacher allocation for 2023. This is scheduled to be communicated by the end of August 2022, which will give schools the opportunity to plan ahead for the 2023 school year.

We thank the team from the Department that has worked hard to make this happen, as well as the Provincial Treasury, who have been working closely together with us. The extra budget allocation we received this year has made this increase to the Basket of Posts possible.

Our principals, teachers, and staff are our greatest asset, and they are always willing and able to share their experience and knowledge with those joining our schools through our new post allocations.

I thank them for their hard work this year, and I have no doubt that we will continue to see the excellence in teaching that our province is well known for.