Thousands of Grade R KZN teachers threaten to down tools

2015-10-14 20:34
(Amanda Khoza, News24)

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Durban – Thousands of Grade R teachers in KwaZulu-Natal have threatened a stay away if they do not receive salary increases before the end of November.

Speaking at a press briefing on Wednesday, National Teachers’ Union (Natu) deputy president Allen Thompson said when public servants received the 2015/2016 salary increments of 7%, the majority of the Grade R teachers countrywide did not receive salary adjustments.

"For example there are about 5 200 Grade R teachers in KwaZulu-Natal and they did not receive this salary adjustment in 2015. They approached Natu to take action on their behalf.

"All Natu’s attempts of drawing the attention of the KZN MEC for Education Peggy Nkonyeni and her head of department Nkosinathi Sishi, have drawn a blank."

Thompson said the union has requested an urgent meeting with Premier Senzo Mchunu.

"This province is one of the few that does not recognise the qualification of a Grade R teacher… There are many of them receiving R5 000 and they enroll themselves in universities just to get a basic certificate in Early Childhood Development.

"Almost 90% of Grade R educators employed by the Department of Basic Education... have vowed to down tools before schools close this year.

"This implies that at the start of the 2016 academic year, there will be no Grade R educators in class until such time that they have been given clear conditions of employment with well stipulated benefits.

"We will not fold [our] arms while [our] members are destined to have a black Christmas… Grade R educators are paid a paltry salary of R5 000 a month with no extra benefits such as pension, medical aid, leave or bonus. Even when they improve their qualifications, no recognition of this is made."

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