Teach­ers left out of pocket get an apol­ogy

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS - HEIDI GIOKOS heidi.giokos@inl.co.za

A FI­NAN­CIAL short­fall has been given by the Gaut­eng Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion as the rea­son be­hind the de­lay in pay­ment to teach­ers for the mark­ing of exam scripts.

Dis­grun­tled teach­ers have com­plained to the DA that some of them were not paid and oth­ers have only re­ceived a quar­ter of the money ow­ing to them.

DA pro­vin­cial Ed­u­ca­tion spokesper­son Khume Ra­mulifho said de­spite the fact that R1.3 bil­lion was ap­proved by the leg­is­la­ture to fund ex­am­i­na­tion and ed­u­ca­tional-re­lated ser­vices in the 2016/17 fi­nan­cial year, not all teach­ers had been paid.

“It is un­ac­cept­able the Gaut­eng Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion can­not main­tain pru­dent fi­nan­cial man­age­ment to en­sure it pays for ser­vices ren­dered to it. The DA urges the MEC to in­ter­vene to avoid planned protest ac­tion on Fri­day as it will dis­rupt learn­ing and teach­ing,” said Ra­mulifho.

Teach­ers would need to wait till the end of March for pay­ment, said act­ing spokesper­son for the depart­ment, Oupa Bodibe.

“Par­tial pay­ment has been made to all mark­ers. The depart­ment is await­ing ap­proval for ad­di­tional funds and will pay the bal­ance be­fore the end of March. The depart­ment whole­heart­edly apol­o­gises for this,” said Bodibe.

Some teach­ers have told The Star they were plan­ning to march to the depart­ment on Fri­day if the pay­ments were not made by then.

“Let us swell the streets of Joburg on Fri­day to reg­is­ter our anger and feel­ing of be­trayal against this silly and dirty con­duct of the em­ployer. We call upon all our unions to sup­port us by tak­ing a lead in this in­tended mass ac­tion,” said a teacher.

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