Teacher paid for 8 years on sick leave

Durban -

A KwaZulu-Natal teacher who has been on sick leave for eight years has been receiving a salary from the education department, The Witness reported on Friday.

The teacher, from Zululand, had not been in the classroom since October 15, 2004 and had cost the department R397 911 for 1 615 teaching days.

Another teacher from the eThekwini region last taught on April 18, 2007, costing the department R1 022 484 for the 1 119 days he spent on sick leave. This teacher earned more because he was on a higher salary grade.

Both teachers appeared on a list in the department's budget performance report for 2012/13.

Provincial education spokesman Muzi Mahlambi said teachers on the list would receive random visits from teams set up by department head Nkosinathi Sishi and MEC Senzo Mchunu.

Those deemed fit would be instructed to return to work.

The department intended recovering the money that had been paid to them while they were on sick leave. - Sapa