Dept of Education to freeze salaries of ‘ghost’ teachers

2016-02-15 11:55
(Duncan Alfreds, News24)

(Duncan Alfreds, News24)

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Pietermaritzburg - The provincial Department of Education will be freezing 4 000 salaries of “ghost” teachers this month.

Head of department Nkosinathi Sishi told the KZN Legislature’s Standing Committee on Public Accounts members on Friday that those 4 000 teachers have until the end of the month to come forward with their documents and be verified to avoid being investigated.

The department aimed to freeze their salaries in November last year, but was advised by the KZN Treasury of the difficulties it was likely to cause because it was towards the end of the year, the department said. “Numerous head counts and investigations have been done in conjunction with the national department and treasury since 2007.

“I think we really have reached the crunch time. I think it closes the chapter,” he said.

Sishi said should it be concluded that the 4 000 teachers are “ghosts”, many people in the department would have to account. “The investigations are going to be very interesting. The management of payroll has got a lot of people who sign it.

“The principal has to sign it to confirm that this person works in this particular school, the district and head office has to sign that that teacher works in that school.

“Lots of people will have to account because we have got lots of evidence accumulated through those signatures of people who would have confirmed that these people work in the department,” he said.

Sishi said they are expecting an influx of people to come forward once their salaries have been frozen.

Sishi said he expected some fightback from the ghost teachers.

“Once they realise that we are getting thorough, people will start going to newspapers to try and make their cases look like it is the inefficiency of the department not to pay, whereas we are executing the administrative responsibility to improve our government system,” he said.

• sabelo.nsele@witness.co.za

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