Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has scrapped the allowance scheme brought in 2008 to deal with the problem of teachers shunning rural schools.
She has posted the notice indicating that the incentives for rural teachers had been withdrawn effective from April 1.
Basic Education spokesperson Elijah Mhlanga informed The Star the day before today that Motshekga was determined to get rid of the allowances because of myriad demanding situations, which consist of budget.
“Although the policy turned into declared with appropriate intentions, it has established to pose many important challenges,” he stated.
“(These) relate to, among others, the funding for the incentives, the implementation through the provincial schooling departments, insufficient communication among the provinces, districts and faculties, identity of posts to be incentivized, the space among faculties identified as rural and those that were no longer, as well as tracking the implementation and presenting help thereof.”
The allowances introduced about 10% to the salaries of teachers in rural faculties. But over the years, instructors in a few provinces have had to resort to courts to compel the provincial training departments to pay up.
Rural areas-based teachers in Limpopo received a real shock closing November when the province’s Education Department knowledgeable them of its selection to prevent the incentive from January 1, 2022.
The branch blamed the choice on price range cuts that left it scrambling to discover an additional R1 billion for the salaries of all instructors in the province.
It became compelled through a court order in January to oppose the selection that affected about 6 000 instructors.
The Labour Court discovered that the provincial department’s head, Onica Dederen, had no powers to “unilaterally” terminate the fee of a rural incentive decided by means of the minister in phrases of countrywide regulation.
Mhlanga told The Star that Motshekga used her prerogative to cancel the allowances. “Due to the perpetual implementation demanding situations, the minister exercised her rights … to withdraw the policy gazetted on 18 January 2008.”
He said teachers unions have been informed approximately the choice. “The be counted became added to the attention of the unions on the Education Labour Relations Council (ELRC) wherein all of the unions are represented.
“As indicated, the minister exercised her proper to withdraw the coverage.”
Acting president of the National Teachers Union (Natu), Sibusiso Malinga, said unions were no longer consulted on the selection.
“The organization got here to say the minister is thinking of cancelling (rural incentives). We requested why she could do this,” he instructed The Star.
“They had been so arrogant. They stated, ‘do not forget, it’s a prerogative of the minister’. We requested that if it’s the prerogative of the minister, why then deliver the problem to the labour organizations?
“They claimed that it’s a consultation. How do you seek advice from your very own prerogative? That is why I’m announcing unions were just instructed. It turned into not negotiated,” Malinga stated.
Natu became disappointed by the decision, Malinga stated. “I don’t agree with that that is a problem of money, however an irresponsible department.
“You can't just cut rural incentives in the event that they had been assisting our inexperienced persons to have educators. Remember, maths and physical science teachers are few.
“Removing the rural incentive approach they can opt for jobs in city areas. There’s no instructor who likes running beneath hard conditions.”
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