earningsThe Star writes that alleged racism in Gauteng schools has reared its ugly head again with accusations that white and Indian staff at Joburg's Mulbarton Primary School were paid up to twice as much as their black colleagues, regardless of qualifications or experience.  

Official documents from the school for staff paid by the school governing body (SGB) revealed that a white groundsman received at least R5,000 more than his black colleagues, including roughly R1,000 more than a Grade 7 teacher with tertiary qualifications.  Several SGB members charged that black teachers were discriminated against by senior Indian staff, including the principal Lawrence Kistadoo, in favour of Indian and white employees.  According to a March report by law firm Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr, an Indian teacher on the governing body once publicly stated that black teachers were not preferred as “they will compromise the standards and culture of the school”, which the SGB members said proved the low regard that black workers were apparently held under.  Speaking on behalf of the school, Gauteng Department of Education spokesperson Steve Mabona acknowledged that black staff used to receive less pay than their Indian and white colleagues, but said this had been remedied since December.  With regard to the Indian teacher and SGB member who allegedly made racist remarks against black educators, Mabona said the teacher’s comments had been falsely reported.


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