Hundreds of FET markers still waiting to be paid for last year’s exams

2014-07-21 00:00

OVER 500 FET College lecturers in KwaZulu-Natal and other parts of the country are still waiting to be paid for marking they did last year.

uMgungundlovu FET College examiners and markers complained that the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) was worse than the Basic Education Department.

“When we used to mark exam papers when we were still one department, this never used to happen,” said a lecturer who did not want to be named.

He said they had not been paid for exam papers they had marked in November last year, while some of his colleagues had not been paid since 2012.

Another lecturer said: “The department demands that we mark papers within 10 days, and we must provide our own travelling, accommodation and catering funds, which we claim back.”

But she said this had not happened and they now owed money on their credit cards because they borrowed money to cover their costs.

On average, they are owed R14 000 by the department, they said.

Kefilwe Makhanya, national spokesperson for DHET, said 525 were payments outstanding to examiners and markers from a total of 15 185 claims that was paid. She said the department only took full control of the marking process in November 2012.

Makhanya said during the verification processes many irregular were detected in the claims, included inflation of hours and kilometres claimed.

Makhanya said all officials involved in the process are working overtime to clear the backlog.

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