WCED Appoints Grade R Teachers For 2023

WCED Appoints Grade R Teachers For 2023

WCED Appoints Grade R Teachers For 2023

The Western Cape Education Department (WCED) will appoint qualified Grade R teachers in permanent positions with service benefits from 1 January 2023. This has been done to improve Early Childhood Development in the Western Cape.

The Western Cape Education Department (WCED) is pleased to announce that they are ready to offer up to 500 qualified Grade R teachers permanent posts from the 1st of January 2023. The department is committed to expanding access to Grade R and also boosting the level of Early Learning in the province.

Incorporating Grade R into Foundation Phase learning is quite important to the department. “Early Learning makes all the difference to a child’s later school grades, and we must make sure the basics are in place during this phase if we want to see improved results in later schooling years, particularly matric,” said the WCED.

This offer applies to Grade R teachers who are already employed at schools in subsidised positions. In order to be appointed as Post Level 1 teachers, they will need to meet the required teaching qualifications.

According to the department, approximately R321 million will be spent on the appointment of these teachers over the next three years, which is a huge investment into Grade R. This adds to the steps the department has already taken to enhance Foundation Phase outcomes.

These steps include allocating additional time to Reading and Maths to reverse learning losses from the Covid-19 pandemic.

On 27 September 2022, a detailed circular was sent to schools which outlined requirements and processes to follow for these appointments. Teachers will need to submit their documents to the appointment system by 14 October 2022 to be examined.

The WCED is in the process of exploring a qualification pathway to allow underqualified Grade R teachers to obtain the necessary qualifications for appointment. In this way, the department will be able to support their teachers enhance the lives of children.

“The teachers of the Western Cape are our Department’s most valuable asset, and we must do all that we can to support them,” said the WCED.

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