School heads owed M52 mil­lion

Lesotho Times - - Front Page - Nthatuoa Koeshe

THE Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion and Train­ing is bat­tling to mo­bilise M54 mil­lion to pay gra­tu­ities it owes to 172 school prin­ci­pals that it en­gaged un­der the con­tro­ver­sial Per­for­mance Con­tract in 2011.

This money was sup­posed to have been paid to the prin­ci­pals at the end of their five-year con­tracts in 2016. How­ever, since then, the prin­ci­pals have been sent from pil­lar to post in an ef­fort to get their gra­tu­ities which they ex­pected as per the terms of their Per­for­mance Con­tract.

This type of con­tract was sus­pended in 2014 af­ter the for­mer seven par­ties’ coali­tion gov­ern­ment re­alised that it would be costly to im­ple­ment.

How­ever, the Le­sotho Prin­ci­pal As­so­ci­a­tion (LEPSA), ap­pealed for as­sis­tance from the Gov­ern­ment Sec­re­tary, Moahloli Mphaka (pic­tured) to push the Ed­u­ca­tion min­istry to hon­our their con­trac­tual obli­ga­tions.

This comes af­ter the prin­ci­pals with­drew their court case in 2017, when the new gov­ern­ment came to power, in an efnet was not will­ing to pay the prin­ci­pals. fort to give them a chance to re­solve the “The prin­ci­pals are not ask­ing for pen­mat­ter am­i­ca­bly. sions but the gra­tu­ities. We have sought

LEPSA Pub­lic Re­la­tions Of­fi­cer, the as­sis­tance of the Gov­ern­ment Se­creMathafeng Mo­teuli, said the de­ci­sion to tary,” he said. seek Mr Mphaka’s as­sis­tance was made Mr Mphaka re­ferred the mat­ter back to af­ter sev­eral meet­ings with the se­nior ofthe Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion, say­ing the min­fi­cials at the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion as well istry was work­ing on the is­sue af­ter his as the Min­is­ter, Mokhele Mo­let­sane, failed com­mu­ni­ca­tion with the Prin­ci­pal Se­creto yield re­sults. tary, Dr Thabiso Lebese.

“The prin­ci­pals want to be paid their “The prin­ci­pals are be­ing im­pa­tient be­money, in line with their con­tracts. Ap­par­cause there is no way they will not be givently, it has be­come clear that the min­istry en their money,” Mr Mphaka said, adding is hav­ing chal­lenges hon­our­ing its obli­gathat, the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion was work­tions. The prin­ci­pals sub­mit­ted their pro­ing on rais­ing the money. posal to the min­is­ter as per his re­quest “It is a lot of money but we need time to dur­ing one of the meet­ings. Min­is­ter Mofix the tur­moil left by the pre­vi­ous gov­ern­let­sane also promised to present the mat­ment, hence the need for them to ex­er­cise ter be­fore Cab­i­net,” Mr Mo­teuli said. pa­tience,” Mr Mphaka said.

He fur­ther ex­plained that the once promRe­peated ef­forts to get a com­ment from ising dis­cus­sions went sour af­ter the printhe Min­is­ter of Ed­u­ca­tion, his deputy and cipals re­ceived in­for­ma­tion that the cabi- the PS yes­ter­day were fruit­less.

Gov­ern­ment Sec­re­tary Moahloli Mphaka.

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