We haven’t been paid this year, say Abet teachers

2010-03-15 00:00

WHILE school teachers will be paid this week, the Adult Basic Education and Training (Abet) teachers under the uMgu­ngundlovu District are not sure what their bank balances will be.

They said they have not been paid this year, and no explanation has been given, despite regular visits to the district office to make inquiries.

An Abet teacher, who wanted to remain nameless, cited vindictive measures taken against people who speak to the media. She said that Abet teachers had been forced to duck creditors as if they were criminals.

“I have been doing this [teaching] for a number of years for the sheer love of it. To be able to empower people, who have missed out on their first chance in life, is very rewarding.

“We have been able to help a lot of people who come back to thank us after getting secure, stable jobs,” the teacher said.

“As much as we would love to do it for free, the reality is that we have bills to pay off… It is something that is an ongoing battle with this department and I find it demoralising.”

The teacher said the late payments make it difficult to work for the department.

“On one hand, you can’t stop going to work because you think about the people who come from far to attend the afternoon classes. But on the other hand, you feel like you are being exploited just because you don’t enjoy the cover of unions like the mainstream teachers.”

The department had not commen­ted by the time of going to press.

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