School heads owed M52 million
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.