SGB teachers demand pay
Teachers who get paid by the SGB (student governing body) have not received full salaries. This is due to parents believing in the no work, no pay policy.
A teacher from Umlazi district Phindile Mncube said receiving half of her salary puts financial constraint on her family.
“I have two kids and their school fees has not been paid in two months. I don’t want the insufficiency of my funds to affect their schooling life when they have to go back to school”.
Mncube said that every month she is receiving less money than the last month.
“In June I received 60% of my salary, then in July I received 40% of my salary. It is getting really frustrating because not only do I have a family to support but I am currently renovating my home and things are at a standstill because of this financial constraint,” she said.
Therona Moodley who is the NAPTOSA secretary in KwaZulu Natal said she understands that teachers who are part of the SGB are frustrated.
“Firstly we must say we recognize that the government has made attempts to assist schools by asking parents to continue paying school fees and by forming the UIF Ters (Temporary Employer- Employee relied scheme). However, the severity of the virus and the effect of the economy has come as a great surprise and navigating it is a new territory for most,” Moodley said.
Moodley said the unions actions are always in the best interest of the educators but should teachers receive pay-cuts protocol must be followed.
“We believe that if the SGB staff are asked to work they should be paid. We know the UIF Ters fund which helped many since April has now concluded. If schools implement pay-cuts or begin retrenchments the correct protocol for doing so must be followed,” she said.
Moodley said if schools cannot operate without SGB staff this must be reported to the education department.
“In a unique case where the school cannot function at 100% without SGB staff. I would suggest school management teams contact department of education for further help,” she said.
Moodley said this matter requires us to understand different perspectives from teachers, parents and government. The issues of salaries are a sensitive issue and should be handled with care so staff at school do not feel neglected.