June invigilators still waiting for pay

2008-10-06 00:00

Four months after overseeing the May/June matric exams, invigilators said they have not been paid by the Education Department.

The mid-year exams are for unsuccessful candidates who cannot be accommodated under the new curriculum.

The invigilators said no one wants to take responsibility for their payments.

A source who did not want to be named for fear that they might not be allowed to invigilate again said they were promised payment before the end of June.

The source said the head of the Umgungundlovu exams district gives a different story every time they try to inquire about the payments.

“We basically worked from May 5, when the exams started, until June 13. There were youngsters between the ages of 23 to 29 who are unemployed and had to borrow money to get to the exam centres. For them to be told that they cannot be paid is not right.”

Education department spokeswoman Mbali Thusi said all payments are being processed.

“The delay is due to incorrect completion of forms and non-submission of the required documentation. The calculations had to align with the Personnel Administration Measures document. However, payments are being processed.”

She could not confirm when the payments would be finalised.

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