‘No work no pay’ for absent Vuwani teachers

Vhudzani Secondary School in Vuwani. Picture: Steven Tau

Classes were scheduled to resume on Monday.

The department of Education will at some stage have to implement the ‘no work, no pay’ rule against teachers in the troubled area of Vuwani, according to one of the traditional leaders, Chief Livhuwani Matsila.

Following violent incidents in the area which left more than 20 schools torched, classes were scheduled to resume on Monday, but that has not been the case in all the affected schools, as mobile classrooms were still being delivered, while at the same time some teachers decided to remain at home, citing security issues.

However, speaking to The Citizen on Wednesday morning, Matsila said if teachers claim they have been intimidated, why has that not been the case with pupils.

“Pupils have been going to schools only to find no teachers.

“I think at some stage, the department will have to take action against those teachers because the area is slowly getting back to normal, and ordinary members of the public have made it clear that they will guard all the schools against the organised syndicate that has been burning schools,” he said.

Basic Education spokesperson Elijah Mhlanga said they were confident that normal schooling would soon return.

“Our primary focus at the moment is on ensuring that teaching and learning resumes and as soon as that is done, we will begin with the process of rebuilding schools,” Mhlanga said.

-stevent@citizen.co.za



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