Teachers want pay

2015-06-03 06:00


GROUP of 50 teachers in the Lejweleputswa Region employed to work at Adult Education and Training (AET) Centres, formerly Adult Basic Education and Training (Abet), are disgruntled after two months without pay.

The educators are part of approximately 38 000 employees who were transferred to fall under the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET), taking effect on 1 April. Previously teachers who worked at adult centres were administered by the Department of Basic Education.

The transition in administration was announced last year. By virtue of the transition made a month ago, AET educators are categorically part of the DHET as bedrock of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Colleges.

This transfer was a culmination of the implementation of the May 2009 Presidential Proclamation issued in terms of Section 97 of the Constitution which reassigned the Further Education and Training Act (FET Act, 2006) and the Adult Education and Training Act (AET Act, 2000) to the minister of Higher Education and Training (HET).

The MECs of Basic Education had apparently requested the DHET to take over complete responsibility for the AET and FET functions.

The transferral of staff has affected approximately 50 educators in the Lejweleputswa Region.

Since Thursday (28/05) Express Goldfields andamp; NFS has been inundated with calls from unhappy teachers, lamenting bitterly the outstanding salaries for April and the just-ended month of May.

The affected educators told this publication that some of their colleagues have had no difficulty whatsoever in receiving their monthly wages.

They said they had completed and submitted all required documents and information such as certified copies of qualifications, banking details, personnel employee numbers and personal contact numbers along with the teachers who were unaffected.

Despite providing all documents – following notification – last year between October and December, the aggrieved educators said no payments had been made.

On Thursday, some of the affected educators travelled to the Free State’s AET office in Bloemfontein to seek answers to their predicament. The decision to do this was apparently made after they had failed to get answers at district level.

However, they were again asked to complete the very same forms as last year and were further told their documents would be taken to the DHET’s national headquarters in Pretoria. Themba Msipha, the AET’s national project manager in the DHET, said although there were challenges relating to the transferral process, they were unaware of the non-capturing of Free State teachers’ information, which had caused a delay in payment.

Affected AET educators have been advised to phone Msipha on 012-312-5105 during office hours or send an email to functionshift@dhet.gov.za

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