After being inundated with complaints from temporary teachers who have been working without pay, the Limpopo provincial department of education has promised to remedy the situation and compensate the distressed teachers.
Speaking at a press conference at the provincial headquarters in Polokwane yesterday, department head Zwo Nevhutalu confirmed that the 163 provisional teachers who have been working for the department "will be remunerated very soon".
Most of the affected teachers have been employed since the beginning of this year's school calendar.
Nevhutalu said the department is "working around the clock" to ensure that lawfully engaged temporary teachers receive their salaries as soon as possible.
"As the department, we view the nonpayment of anyone who is lawfully rendering their services to the department in a very serious light," said Nevhutalu.
"During this exercise, we were highly distressed to discover that, in one of our offices, more than 100 application forms for temporary teachers were not being processed," he said.
"At this moment, we don't know the exact reasons and motives of the non-processing of the forms, but investigations are being conducted to establish the reasons.
"If anyone is found liable for this misconduct, disciplinary action will be taken," said Nevhutalu
Nevhutalu said the appointment of temporary teachers is delegated to school principals who have vacant substantive posts in their schools.
"Unless the school principal informs the department of such appointments through the submission of relevant documentation, it is difficult for us at the head office or district offices to know about problems such as these," Nevhutalu said.
"We are therefore making an appeal to school principals and teachers' unions to submit lists of temporary educators who have been teaching but have not yet received their payments."