Education MEC sacking bogus teachers ‘weekly’

2010-12-01 00:00

THE extent of fraudulent certificates being used to acquire jobs in the province was highlighted in the KZN Legislature yesterday.

Education MEC Senzo Mchunu said he is firing people almost on a weekly basis as evidence emerges that their certificates are false.

He said the province has also put a hold on pension payouts for these offenders because their jobs were fraudulently obtained.

Mchunu was responding to the debate on the education service delivery report in the legislature yesterday.

The Education Department is also going after ghost teachers with a vengeance.

Mchunu said the department has finished the head count to weed out ghost teachers. Those who were not present on the day the count was done have until December 17 to present themselves .

Thereafter there will be a freeze on salaries for those teachers who have not been verified.

There has been a mix-up on the “no work no pay” situation arising from the recent teachers’ strike.

The department is supposed to have started deducting money from salaries in November.

However, it is unable to do this for reasons “beyond our control”.

Mchunu said there was an error on the part of national treasury, which means the deductions could not be made last month.

He added the process will continue and the November deductions will be made in February next year.

Mchunu thanked the Tom Stokes of the Democratic Alliance for showing that education is so important that it is necessary to rise above party political differences and to join hands to make sure that education becomes something “we are proud of”.

Stokes noted that the extent of the MEC’s involvement on the ground is clearly evident from the huge number of schools he has visited and his hands-on approach in confronting communities, teachers and pupils where there are problems.

However, the DA spokesperson noted that amid all these positives is the echoing warning that this is all simply crisis management and that a lot more needs to be done to deliver quality education.

All the political parties were critical of money being taken from early childhood development for other projects. The DA and Inkatha Freedom Party spoke out against poor teaching and agree that not enough is being done to develop and maintain existing school infrastructure.




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