The Department of Basic Education has created a national recruitment database to ensure that qualified teachers are employed and deployed on time to schools.
The database, which will keep details of professionally qualified teachers seeking employment in public schools, will also cut down on turnaround times in filling vacant teaching posts across the country.
All professionally qualified South African teachers are invited to register to be added to the database. Application forms can be downloaded from the department's website - www.education.gov.za - completed and posted or hand-delivered to the department along with copies of qualifications and academic records.
Principals and school governing bodies on the lookout for new teachers can easily access the database to find people who meet the criteria of the posts they are trying to fill.
All the information - including a concise version of each teacher's curriculum vitae, verified qualifications, subjects covered and teaching experience - is electronically captured on a single spreadsheet and sorted by province, enabling quick search and filter options.
Updated versions of the database will be uploaded each monthly basis to ensure that candidates who have found employment are removed and new candidates added.
"The database is one of the measures employed by the department in response to delays experienced in deploying temporary teachers to vacant posts," the department said in a statement on Wednesday.