RUNDU: Teachers from several schools in the Kavango Region are up in arms with their regional education office over the non-payment of salaries for work done during the August school holidays.
The more than 92 teachers claimed that they were supposed to have been paid with funds from the Education and Training Sector Improvement Programme (ETSIP).
They have now come out guns blazing, accusing Mukwe Circuit Inspector Maguru Eises of apparently spearheading the school holiday classes to enrich herself with funds meant for teachers.
A letter addressed to the director of education in the Kavango Region, Alfons Dikuua, and the Ministry of Education in Windhoek from the affected teachers made available to Nampa on Tuesday also accused Eises of first paying for catering services provided during the holiday school, while leaving teachers destitute.
The teachers from about nine secondary and combined schools in the Kavango Region are alleging that the regional education office has not honoured its agreement to pay them their holiday tuition salaries of N.dollars 5 000 per teacher.
They questioned why only Grade 10 and 12 English and Mathematics tutors would be given N.dollars 5 000 and the rest N.dollars 4 200 each, while their colleagues in other regions claimed different rates if the money came from one source – ETSIP.
The teachers further claimed that some teachers still have not been paid for work done during the April school holiday, and called on the Ministry of Education to investigate the issue.
Teachers in other regions such as the Ohangwena and Oshana and many others have apparently been paid immediately after completing the five-day teaching session over the August holiday.
They also wanted to know why the regional office continues to trust and give educational events to one person (Eises) to spearhead, despite being well aware that she had allegedly failed them on most programmes.
Approached for comment on Wednesday, Kavago regional Education Deputy Director Fanuel Kapapero said he started signing the teachers’ cheques on Tuesday, and they would soon receive their money for teaching during the August holiday.
Kapapero denied that the regional education office took long to pay the teachers, saying the teachers are many and needed to be verified first, adding that they are being paid according to hours worked, calculated at N.dollars 200 per hour.
The deputy director rubbished teachers’ claims that the regional office only gives educational events to the Mukwe Circuit Inspector, and labeled such teachers as liars.
The holiday classes catered for both Grade 10 and 12 learners from 27 to 31 August this year at eight selected schools in the region.