The Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture has suspended the filling of all non-teaching posts in the ministry.
In a statement issued on Friday, the ministry’s executive director Sanet Steenkamp said subsequent to the budget consultations between the education ministry and the Ministry of Finance, it was decided to freeze all non-teaching vacancies during the remaining period of the 2020/21 financial year as well as for the 2021/22 financial year until further notice.
She explained that the suspended positions fall under the unified structure and includes posts such as administrative officers, directors, secretaries and other support positions. “The Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture continues to experience serious financial constraints due to the economic downturn and downward revision of the appropriation budget for the 2021/22 financial year,” she said.
The executive director further explained that all non-teaching vacant posts, whether at schools, regional offices or the ministry’s head office, are suspended and should not be advertised. She said if such posts are deemed critical, prior approval must be obtained from the secretary to cabinet after a thorough assessment has been done to ascertain the importance and criticality of such posts.
“All submissions for filling of critical posts should include a strong motivation and proof of compliance to the post provisioning norms and availability of funds,” she added.
In addition, Steenkamp said regional directorates of education should ‘attain net recruitment by recruiting from within’, such as transferring teachers from overstaffed schools to understaffed schools, or by filling vacancies with teachers who are additional to the establishment.
“All principals and heads of department are expected to teach as per the allocated workload to the teaching fraternity,” said Steenkamp.
She however said all posts advertised before the issuing of the statement must be concluded in terms the Recruitment Policy Framework in the public service.
Speaking to Nampa on Friday, Steenkamp said the suspended posts should not be confused with teaching posts for non-promotional subjects such as arts, physical education and religious and moral education.
“Those are still teachers and those posts are not suspended,” she said.