KZN Education lifting the lid on teacher misconduct

2016-08-10 20:41
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Durban - The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education was currently conducting disciplinary hearings into misconduct including the selling of posts, teachers having romantic relationships with pupils and the misuse of state funds.

KZN education department spokesperson Muzi Mahlambi said the cases included that of an Umlazi principal, Thembekile Makhanya, who according to a City Press report, allegedly sold a post to Nkonzwenhle "Nkonzo" Mqadi for R12 000.

Makhanya is reportedly a principal at Windy Heights Primary School in the Umlazi education circuit, while Mqadi was an educator at Sophie Pewa Primary School in Folweni.

City Press reported on Sunday that the department had laid charges of internal misconduct against Makhanya, alleging she sold a teaching post to Mqadi, who later blew the whistle on the jobs-for-cash scam.

Mqadi admitted to the newspaper that he paid Makhanya R1 000 a month for a year and when he stopped sending the money, his employment with the department was illegally terminated, twice, allegedly by a clique of corrupt departmental officials working with Makhanya.

Makhanya's misconduct hearing is reportedly scheduled to take place on August 17.

Forensic investigation

READ: Jobs-for-cash principal to face hearing

"There is a special committee dealing with cases of misconduct and she will appear before the committee to be given a chance to clear her name," said Mahlambi.

He said while the newspaper decided to focus on one case, the department was dealing with a number of cases involving misconduct. He did not specify how many teachers would appear before the disciplinary hearings.  

"The case they [the City Press] are referring to is not linked to the ministerial task team investigation into the jobs-for-cash scandal - this is a case where someone came to us and reported the matter."

Mahlambi said the department viewed the selling of posts, mismanagement of funds and teachers having romantic relationships with pupils in a serious light.

Basic Education spokesperson Elijah Mhlanga said a forensic investigation into the jobs-for-cash scandal, headed by academic Professor John Volmink, is expected to be complete at the end of August.

He said the report would be released at a later stage.

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