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education blackboard thumb medium80 92The Star writes that a Gauteng schoolteacher suffering a recurring voice loss syndrome has spoken out about her battle to regain her job.  

Paula Gumbi, 47, indicated that she was fired due to her vocal-fold paralysis problem and after suffering a spinal cord injury in a car accident.  But, there is confusion about whether the primary school teacher was medically boarded without pay or was fired by the Department of Education due to ill-health.  Gumbi was declared fit to return to work by her neurosurgeon after she was "fired" in August 2017.  “I have been going to the department's office since.  I cannot seem to get help or get anyone to listen to me.  I have, for a long time, been asking the department to give me a post in an office or allow me to teach a higher grade because my voice still comes and goes at any time.  If then I cannot speak, I can write things down for the children to read, but I am not winning,” said Gumbi, a teacher with 25 years of experience.  Gauteng Education Department spokesperson Steve Mabona said Gumbi could be considered to return to work "if she requests permission from an executive authority, who in turn will need an independent assessment report (at her own cost), declaring her fit for work within the department.  Based on the assumption that permission is granted, normal recruitment processes will have to be followed by her.”  Gumbi was apparently made to sign a notice of intention for termination of her employment due to ill health in August 2017.

  • Read Sibongile Mashaba’s original report in the above regard in full at The Star

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