Consultation with the unions regarding schools’ staff establishments started approximately three months ago when the first MTEF meeting was held. NAPTOSA’s position has always been that we cannot allow the teacher:learner ratio to continuously be increased. In fact, NAPTOSA has been arguing for a much lower ratio. GDE planned to finalise the 2016 staff establishments yesterday. However, NAPTOSA refused to accept the ratio of 34,1:1 as it was higher than the 2015 ratio. We demanded that it should, at least, remain the same as the 2015 ratio of 33,87:1.

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