Teachers in for OSD pay shock

2009-12-18 00:00

PRETORIA — Thousands of teachers will be in tears tonight, when they see that the money they are entitled to under the occupational specific dispensation (OSD) has not been correctly deposited into their accounts.

A reliable source has told Beeld that there are problems surrounding these payments, which involve the recognition of teachers’ experience.

This could affect up to 70% of the country’s approximately 380 000 teachers.

Problems have already been identified in Mpumalanga, Limpopo, the Free State and the Western Cape when the payments supposed to be paid tonight were processed last Monday.

Chris Klopper, chief executive of the South African Teachers’ Union, said teachers are going to be furious when they realise they aren’t receiving the payment they hoped for.

Basic Education spokesman Granville Whittle confirmed that there are problems with the payments, but said the department cannot confirm how many teachers will be affected or the amount of money involved.

He said incorrect amounts will be paid to teachers because their dates of service commencement were recorded and indicated incorrectly in the provinces.

According to Beeld’s information, it would appear as if the calculations were only made from 1991 or 1996, while there are teachers who have been in service far longer.

Whittle said it is too late to make any adjustments now, and rectification will only be possible by January 15.

He said teachers’ unions were informed about the problem by mail.

Several teachers were upset when they heard from Beeld that they wouldn’t be receiving the correct payments today.

“We’ll have to cut our holiday short and go home. We were counting on that money. I can’t believe the department is doing this to us,” said a teacher from Pretoria, who preferred to remain anonymous.

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