KZN education dept apologises for failing to pay teacher increases

2015-12-28 17:11
(Duncan Alfreds, News24)

(Duncan Alfreds, News24)

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Durban – The KwaZulu-Natal education department has apologised for the non-payment of increases to Grade R teachers for 2015, saying the oversight was an "administrative error".

The apology came after the South African Democratic Teachers Union (Sadtu) in KwaZulu-Natal on Monday lambasted the department over the non-payment.

The union also accused the department of fixing posts after two directors were appointed for the position of legal services director, a post which was initially advertised for just one person. The position pays a salary package of R819 126.

The non-payment of Grade R teachers was a "regrettable administrative error", the department's spokesperson, Muzi Mahlambi, said in response to the allegations.

"Unfortunately we experienced administrative issues and December 14 was the last day the payment could have been made. When we realised this occurred, we committed to making this a priority in the New Year. It will be the first thing we attend to in 2016," he said.

"I want to take this opportunity to apologise for not keeping to our promise. We are still committed to our educators."

Commenting on the dual director post, Mahlambi said: "Yes, we can confirm that this has happened. We will arrange a meeting with stakeholders in the form of the unions to discuss the matter. We acknowledge that we did not engage our stakeholders regarding the post."

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