SADESMO Says Education Bursary Fund Not Serving its Intended Purpose
02 December 2014.
The IFP Student Movement, SADESMO today expressed
great concern that students who received bursaries from the
Department of Education to study as teachers are not being employed
by the Department.
"The Department of Education has awarded
bursaries from the Fundza Lushaka Fund to students with the
intention of addressing the shortage of teachers but now that they
have qualified, the Department is not employing them. These young
people studied hard and qualified as teachers with the understanding
that they will be employed by the Department but now they find
themselves unemployed. They feel deceived as they were hopeful of
being employed and wanted to serve as teachers," said the South
African Democratic Students Movement, National Secretary General, Mr
"We as the students' movement demand that Fundza
Lushaka bursary students be hired immediately so that there will be
no classroom without a teacher. We cannot have qualified teachers
remaining idle when there is a shortage of teachers to educate our
children. This is an obvious case of wastage of state resources and
poor planning by the Department, as it pays lip service to improve
the quality of education. As students ourselves we are aware of the
high unemployment rate in our country and the unacceptably high
number of classrooms without teachers. We know the frustrations of
being qualified but yet unemployed when we are willing to work,"
continued Mr Simelane.
"As SADESMO we see this as bad management by the
Department of Education and therefore we demand that all those
teachers should be employed immediately. We don't want to see these
young people remaining hopeless going into the new year," concluded
South African Democratic Students Movement, National Secretary General,
Mr Sizwe Simelane, 073 022 1064 / 079 825 4497
Miss Thabisile Mkhize, 073 522 1786