KZN education inquiry will help weed out ‘rotten apples’, says Sadtu

2014-11-26 00:00

THE country’s largest teacher union yesterday welcomed an announcement by the KwaZulu-Natal education department last week of a committee of inquiry into “irregular expenditure” in the provincial education department.

The South African Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu) supported the investigation and “are eager to appear” before the committee to raise their concerns, said Nomarashiya Caluza, provincial acting secretary.

She said the education department “must put its house in order and deal with the rotten elements within its ranks once and for all.”

Caluza said the union had first called for a “forensic investigation” in 2008 as “we were convinced that monies of the department were misdirected causing many projects and programmes to fail.”

Caluza said Sadtu had named five top officials to the investigators in 2011. At a press conference yesterday, Caluza said 2 153 vacancies in the department in all districts “remain unfilled”.

Caluza denied Sadtu members played a role in teacher appointments. She said Sadtu officials were present at job interviews as observers.

“If guidelines are flouted we have to call attention to it.”

Asked about the “jobs for cash” scam Caluza said that “where corruption rears its ugly head we crush it” and that Sadtu welcomed the committee investigating the issue.

Caluza also claimed food service providers for the School Nutrition programme had not been paid and some schools had not received food for “the past five months.”

“As a result learners lack concentration.” Sadtu has demanded a 15% per rise for its members in negotiations with the Public Service Wage negotiations and Caluza said the union was close to a settlement with regard to the contested teacher performance appraisal. They were also “close to settling with the state on performance review method”.

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