Education and general School assistants at Ben Vorster High School disgruntled over unpaid wages

LOCAL NEWS

By Theodorah Waga Mawasha

TZANEEN-Education assistants and general school assistants attached to Ben Vorster high School, in Greater Tzaneen, allege that they have not been paid their May and June salaries.

The assistants were employed by the school in November 2021 as part of the Presidential Youth Employment Initiative (PYEI).

According to one of the assistants who spoke anonymously out of fear of being victimized, they always receive their stipends a month or two late. As a result, they contacted the Department of Education.

“The department told us when we contacted them that money is always paid to the school on time and the school must take accountability for the delays. We were last paid in April. We did not receive anything for May and June. We rely on the money to be able to travel to work. Other schools’ assistants don’t face the same problem we are facing. Why?”, said anonymous.

It is further reported that since the schools re-opened in July, two out of the 10 deployed at the school have received money and attempts to get the Department of Education to intervene have been fruitless because they always refer them back to the school officials.

Tzaneen Voice contacted the school’s deputy principal Jacques Pohl but no correspondence was received after several attempts to talk to him on the phone.

The department of Education media liaison officer Mike Maringa promised that the department will investigate all the issues with the school and find a resolution pronto.

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