The Department of Basic Education in KwaZulu-Natal has come under scrutiny regarding its recruitment process when it comes to hiring educators. This is what the department has had to say in response to these claims.
The Provincial Department of Basic Education in KwaZulu-Natal clarified certain misunderstandings regarding its recruitment of educators in schools in the province.
This is in response to public outcry, claiming that they only prioritize graduates that were part of the Funza Lushaka bursary scheme when recruiting educators. The provincial education department has further stated that these accusations are factual and that they will take steps to rectify them.
The Department went on to say that although the Funza Lushaka initiative has made a significant contribution to supporting financially challenged students who could not afford to pay for their studies, prioritizing its graduates in the recruitment process has come at the expense of those who funded their own studies.
“The Department has realized that prioritizing Funza Lushaka graduates inadvertently disadvantaged graduates who used their parents’ hard-earned money to fund their studies.”
The Department’s MEC Kwazi Mshengu, further stated that being a beneficiary of the Funza Lushaka Bursary is an advantage in and of itself; yet, it does not help others who did not have the good fortune of receiving the bursary.
Mshengu reiterated that the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education is an equal employment opportunity employer that does not discriminate against employees or job seekers based on age, race, colour, creed, sex, religion, or handicap.
The Department added that educators will be hired regardless of whether they received their academic credentials through the Funza Lushaka bursary.