Teachers warned against misbehaving

2012-11-02 00:00

TO all the teachers that misbehave: Beware, Big Brother is watching, the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education has warned.

The department dealt with 357 cases against teachers in the province accused of “serious” misconduct from September 15 this year.

These range from sexual misconduct to being drunk on duty.

According to the department there are 169 teachers who were caught claiming the state’s social grants, mostly for their children.

The department’s spokesperson Muzi Mahlambi said it is a criminal offence to claim for social grants when the department pays you a salary.

“Grants are meant to improve the levels of poverty and it’s criminal to be paid twice by the government.”

Seventy teachers were accused of living in low cost houses.

“Those who get on the department’s wrong side must watch out.

“To those who are still thinking of being corrupt they must think again because our system now bites. If you haven’t been caught as yet, one day is one day,” he warned.

There are 12 sexual transgressions, including harassment, assault, abuse and rape.

The remaining cases of misconduct were three cases of misuse of state property, 12 of insubordination, six teachers charged with coming to school under the influence of alcohol or drugs, 19 of absenteeism and 45 listed under miscellaneous.

About 92% of these cases have been finalised.

Mahlambi said out of over 100 000 employees, there are a few of those who are dishonest.

He said some teachers were found guilty, others were suspended while others had their names cleared.

The Employee Relations Directorate is severely understaffed with approximately 62% of its posts vacant.

The Employee Relations Directorate deals with discipline in matters deemed serious.

Allen Thompson of the National Teachers’ Union said the department still needs to work hard in making sure that they empower their staff.

•gabisile.ngcobo@ witness.co.za

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