Pay without work for KZN teachers

2012-01-26 22:31

Durban - More than 900 KwaZulu-Natal teachers earn salaries without setting foot in classrooms, provincial education authorities said on Thursday.

These teachers claimed to have been displaced from their work places because of violence and intimidation, Education MEC Senzo Mchunu said in Durban.

"We are trying to deal with this problem because it hits us financially. We have agreed to develop a process to fast track the absorption and utilisation of these educators," he told reporters.

KwaZulu-Natal was the only province with this problem because of its history of political violence.

Some teachers had apparently been displaced for years. All they did was regularly go to the education department's circuit office to sign paperwork indicating they were still in the department's employ.

Mchunu said the department was busy doing away with the "displaced" category.

"This has to stop because we no longer have violence in this province. If teachers have problems in their schools, they must stay until those problems are resolved."

Some teachers refused to go to the new schools to which they had been assigned - with union backing.

Mchunu said the department would also deal with principals who consistently produced poor matric results.

"We are worried about the poor level of accountability among some principals. You find a principal who would produce less than 20% matric pass rate for four years and nothing is done to him."

They would first get training. Further action would be taken against them if they continued to perform badly.

  • colin.dovey - 2012-01-26 23:06

    Only in KZN?

      Dirk - 2012-01-27 15:07

      Sounds like parliament

  • Bob - 2012-01-27 00:08

    This is disgusting....It is crap like this that is sinking this country at a rapid rate of knots...!

      Hotkop - 2012-01-27 00:18

      This country is allready laying on the bottom. Did you see this s#it when you were younger? I wonder what happened from then till now?

  • brionyl.french - 2012-01-27 05:53

    This is nonsense, no work no pay... Most industries are doing it and i think this is on industry that NEEDS to take on this policy... Teachers get an hourly rate and they only get paid for the time they are on the school property in their classrooms teaching!!! They already get all the leave possible...

  • carpejugulim - 2012-01-27 05:57

    Apart from not wanting to work, having been off circut for so long (not teaching) there is a strong possibility that they are out of practise too. Retraining and reassessment would be a marvellous idea and those that do not make the grade should have to pay back the salaries that they have been drawing. I cannot understand ... in a country that has limited job resources, if you are posted to a school and paid a salary to teach at that school, what then gives you or a union the right to refuse to teach at that school without justifiable cause? Education across the country is apalling and both nonperforming headmasters/mistresses and teachers should be held accountable.

      Sean - 2012-01-27 07:23

      I agree. In another report recently it was stated that there was a great shortage of maths teachers, but I suppose it is cosier sittin at home and watching TV all day long and making the ardious trip to collect their salary each month - What a cosy life and their union is supporting this, no wonder that the dumb get dumber...

      Daphne - 2012-01-27 07:34

      Tail wagging the dog?

  • brionyl.french - 2012-01-27 06:00

    You people with your comments always go in one direction which is pathetic... GET OVER THE COLOUR OF YOUR SKIN!!!! underneath it we all the same... a spirit, and our body is a host... LET THE SKIN GO!! Face that its not about whats owed, whats taken away, but its what you make of a situtaion that makes you a good or a bad person... These 900 teachers stole money for work not done... NO work No Pay, Im in engineering and they make a killing, but you no show for work, you no get nice pay at end of the month... Make yourselves accountable for your own actions... stuff the skin colour... Stuff Boers and Zulus we are all Spirits of a higher force... its pathetic to be honest

      Sean - 2012-01-27 07:28

      Whatever the colour these people that are getting their full salary for work not done are stealing, they should be summonsed to repay all the money that they received for the entire period that they have not pitching uup for work - Either way, this is a disgrace to humankind irrespective of colour!

      Hotkop - 2012-01-27 08:15

      I agree with "get over the skin colour" but I totally disagree that we are all the same.

      berni.venter - 2012-01-27 10:11

      The DEPARTMENT knew they were 'displaced' and even created a CATEGORY for them but failed to redeploy them! So ultimately heads must roll in the Provincial department not so?

  • Graham.Cooper2 - 2012-01-27 06:31

    I bet you the white run schools are all up and running.

      Twolips - 2012-01-27 06:57

      Agent, there is no such thing as a white run school anymore. I believe you mean to say the "former Model-C" schools are up and running. Yes, they are!

      Ian - 2012-01-27 07:46

      i think agent means the present private schools

      Hotkop - 2012-01-27 08:17

      Funny that I never saw this when I was in school. I wonder what went wrong in this country?

      Ntombizonke - 2012-01-27 15:27

      @Agent my sister is in black run schools the school is up & running and last year the school produce 100%.

  • Sharon - 2012-01-27 06:50

    They should be given a choice: Go to a different school or resign. This is unbelievable! The schoolyear has only started, and already there are stories of teachers sitting in the staffroom, on a go-slow, and talk of striking. How will the children learn when this is the example being set to them? Are we supposed to find this behaviour acceptable?

  • Jeffrey - 2012-01-27 06:53

    I was going to post a diatribe on this but, frankly, I'm so horrified I can't compose one.

  • anthro45 - 2012-01-27 06:53

    Please tell me why this is still only happening at black schools !!

  • eben.ferreira1 - 2012-01-27 07:03

    Lekker, Hey?

  • Blip - 2012-01-27 07:22

    Another shambles... So what will the ANC regime do?

      petro.borchard - 2012-01-27 07:44

      They will put together a huge team to investigate the situation, have meetings (that 2/3 of the team will not attend) take 18 months to create a report (with lots of words and no substance), in the process a couple of million Rands will disappear and in the end .......... NOTHING

  • Ian - 2012-01-27 07:45

    its the anc way, earn huge salaries for dong f all, useless

  • Shaun Strydom - 2012-01-27 07:49

    Wow, south africa is truly one of a kind country. While every body else is suffering , those useless suck on their johny walker. Useless pieces of s*¿t !

      Gemma van der Merwe - 2012-01-27 10:09

      wow @ pasca that is very sexist of you Are you that prejudiced in all your thinking? i am a woman and an atheist and it is not because i think like a man, it's because i think

  • Charmaine - 2012-01-27 07:53

    Who is to blame for this MEC Senzo Mchuhu? You are new in the Department, I have heard you speak in Public, God be with you as you strive to solve these issues.

      pasca.motaung - 2012-01-27 08:13

      Very positive comment Charmaine, this exactly prove the difference between man's way of thinking and woman's way of thinking... God first and the rest after.....will you marry me Charmaine??? lol!!!!!

  • Genesistt - 2012-01-27 08:11

    I wish I had a job where I can go sign a piece of paper and then get paid without having to work.

      Hotkop - 2012-01-27 08:18

      Easy, make friends with the ANC officials and you'll get a job like that.

  • Susan - 2012-01-27 08:24

    So, whats new?

  • Perfume5 - 2012-01-27 08:44

    More than 900 KwaZulu-Natal teachers earn salaries without setting foot in classrooms, provincial education authorities said on Thursday.......*facepalm*

  • Sharon - 2012-01-27 09:30

    I am really not surprised, the future of this country is not what the ANC are worrying about, because when they finished bleeding the country dry then they will hand it back to the DA and say " Here our ancestors dont want this crap anymore fix it"

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  • Shirley - 2012-01-27 10:15

    Welcome to FREELOADERVILLE-the only country where teachers are paid to make your children dumber! This is the pathetic governabce we are under!

  • arlene.hanns - 2012-01-27 10:28

    Maybe these are the "lemons" passed around to other schools coz of non-perfomance.Coz they (can)not be fired for non-perfomance and no other school wants them plus they have a union that protects them so in the end we have a government that just keeps on paying them.Please tell me wher to apply for free money too.

  • Clive - 2012-01-27 10:31

    Here we go again - the government wasting our money due to its ineptitude and subservience to the unions.

  • Lloyd - 2012-01-27 10:41

    can I put in a tender to supply teachers to these schools....I also want a piece of thhe pie...

      Hotkop - 2012-01-27 15:27


  • Randomhero6661 - 2012-01-27 11:16

    they not teachers remember they are now educators... once again a toast to our "governors".

  • prahalath - 2012-01-28 18:27

    Nice try! Please focus back on Limpopo, we think they have much more explaining to do.

  • snylo - 2012-01-30 21:51

    What a disgrace! Blatant theft and no discipline from all those involved! And to think those teachers are the ones who are responsible, along with the parents, to instill discipline and values in the young kids of today. As for those 'principals' who produce such bad matric pass rates at their schools, they most probably don't even have a matric themselves!

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