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education blackboard thumb medium80 92Sunday Tribune reports that a Phoenix teacher found guilty of falsifying a doctor’s certificate in 2015 after being on sick leave for 1,522 days over 10 years has bagged a position in the Department of Education’s human resources (HR) division.  

But even at her new job the former Hopeville Primary teacher, identified as Ms T Naicker, has reported for just two days and has since been on “permanent sick leave”.  This was made known by KwaZulu-Natal Education (KZN) MEC Mthandeni Dlungwane responding to a query in the provincial legislature about Naicker’s case.  She was axed after the department conducted an investigation during the tenure of Dlungwane’s predecessor.  Naicker appealed against the verdict, but her appeal was dismissed in 2016.  She then applied for medical boarding, but this was also declined by Thandile Risk Management, the consultants for the department.  Instead, the consultants advised the department to explore alternative avenues.  It is alleged that two officials in the department recommended that she be deployed to the HR department.  She reported to her new post “for two days only and subsequently submitted a medical certificate (and) is still on sick leave”, said Dlungwane.  Why the department decided to re-employ Naicker in its HR department after she was dismissed as a teacher has as yet not been explained.

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