Sanitary pad corruption stirs teachers’ union
Issues of corruption and misallocation of sanitary towels has caused a stir within the National Teachers’ Union (NATU).
During a press briefing on Monday, the former NATU president Silindinkosi Ngcobo said that they were shocked to learn of the misallocation of sanitary towels in schools.
“NATU was shocked to learn that every learner including male Grade R learners had become beneficiaries of the sanitary towel programme. The initial aim of this movement was to give all the needy learners who cannot afford to buy them for themselves,” said Ngcobo.
Ngcobo also mentioned that former MEC of Education Mthandeni Dlungwana stated that the supply of sanitary towels would cost the Provincial Education Department (PED) R20 million. It allegedly cost the department over R200 million, 10 times more than what was budgeted for and approved by the KZN Provincial Legislature.
“Due to this over supply, boys in schools were now also using these sanitary towels as shin guards and bandages when they were playing in school. NATU had received complaints from parents who were now forced to prematurely introduce sex education to their young children,” he said.
NATU has called for an urgent investigation regarding the matter at hand.
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