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Minister Angie Motshekga has unilaterally cancelled rural incentives for teachers. Unions are Angry.

The minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga announced the cancellation of rural incentives with effect from 1st April 2022. The incentives were gazetted in 2008.

Rural incentives is the additional 10 percent paid to teachers who work in qualifying rural schools. Due to many teachers shunning rural schools especially those who teach maths and science, the department then introduced the incentives.

Teacher unions are not happy and are accusing the minister of not consulting them. The minister said she used her own perogative to cancel the incentive which further angered the unions.

The unions warned that good educators will not go to rural areas. This is because according to unions no teacher wants to work in difficult conditions.

Given the amount of work involved in rural schools with fewer learners most teachers would prefer to work in cities and townships where there are a lot of learners.

The minister is not prepared to open any negotiations on the matter.

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