Court acts over unpaid teachers

2013-06-07 08:29

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East London - The Eastern Cape education department was at risk of having some of its assets attached if teachers continued to be unpaid, The Times newspaper reported on Friday.

The Eastern Cape High Court in Grahamstown on Thursday invoked the State Liability Act, which allowed for attaching state property if government did not pay its bills.

This was due to the salaries of temporary teachers, now employed permanently, not being paid.

The court authorised 17 short-staffed schools to employ teachers without reference to the department if the department failed to act within 15 days.

According to court papers, there were 8 698 vacant teaching posts in the province.

The case was brought by the Legal Resources Centre (LRC) acting on behalf of the Centre for Child Law.

The LRC asked the high court in August last year for an order that would force the provincial and national education departments to employ staff.

The provincial department employed 2 354 temporary teachers this year, some of whom were not paid on time.

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