education90The Mercury reports that for almost a year, more than 500 teachers in KwaZulu-Natal have not received their salaries, with the provincial education department blaming the problem on the #FeesMustFall campaign.  

The department claims the campaign has prevented the SA Qualifications Authority (Saqa) from verifying the qualifications of new employees with universities because tertiary institutions have had disturbances.  The numbers might be far higher, say the SA Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu) and the National Teachers Union (Natu).  But the department is only aware of 250 teachers who have not been paid.  It has now instructed districts to proceed with processing payments, with the proviso that necessary steps including recovery will be taken where it is later found that the qualifications were invalid.

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