Durban - Administrative glitches were behind the KwaZulu-Natal Education Department’s failure to pay the province’s Grade R teachers a portion of their promised salary increases.
Department spokesperson Muzi Mahlambi said: “We did not deliberately fail to pay them. We had an administrative glitch. We are committed to the promise that we made.”
Earlier on Monday, South African Democratic Teachers Union provincial secretary Nomarashiya Caluza said at a press conference in Durban that the department had agreed to pay Grade R teachers R5 500 a month from April, but that the increase had ?never been paid.
She said the head of the provincial education department, Dr Nkosinathi Sishi, then promised earlier this month that the teachers would be paid R1 500 of their increase by Christmas Eve. This too, had however, not materialised.
“KwaZulu-Natal Education Department remains the worst employer. They [Grade R] teachers are an important segment. They are not a crèche. They are not babysitters,” she said.