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Parents failing to pay school fees during lockdown hit SGB-paid teachers hard

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Briefing the basic education portfolio committee on Tuesday, director-general Mathanzima Mweli said there were 39,713 teachers paid by school governing bodies across the country.

Picture: Motshwari Mofokeng, African News Agency (ANA)

Cape Town – School governing body-paid teachers have had a tough time during the Covid-19 lockdown as some schools released them from their employ, while others had their salaries reduced as parents did not pay fees for many months.

Briefing the basic education portfolio committee on Tuesday, director-general Mathanzima Mweli said there were 39,713 teachers paid by school governing bodies across the country.

A report tabled to the committee showed that Gauteng has the highest SGB-paid teachers at 10,793.

It is followed by Eastern Cape with 6,730, Western Cape 6,724, KwaZulu-Natal 6,238, Mpumalanga 2,468, Free State 2,151, North West 2,052, Limpopo 1,675 and Northern Cape 962.

Mweli said these teachers were employed by the SGBs of Quintile 4 and 5 fee-paying schools.

He said some SGBs would have to let teachers go because parents had not been paying school fees.

Other teachers were paid a reduced salary, Mweli said.

“Schools still have the allocated educators paid by the state. That is why there was a request to pay the school funding norms allocation early,” he said, adding that they have not granted the request.

Political Bureau