KZN Treasury instructs Education Dept to let go of about 6 000 employees

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KZN Education MEC Kwazi Mshengu.
KZN Education MEC Kwazi Mshengu.

The National Teachers’ Union (Natu) on Thursday slammed the KwaZulu-Natal provincial government for using budget cuts as an excuse to deny pupils quality education.

Natu acting president Sibusiso Malinga said the union would approach the courts should the KZN Education Department go ahead with plans to retrench 2 000 teachers. “As we speak we have a serious problem of learners dropping out of school for a number of reasons, including a shortage of teachers.

“It’s grossly irresponsible for the provincial government to even think of retrenching teachers at a time when the shortage of teachers has reached crisis levels,” he said.

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