Waya Waya' to dig deep into teachers' pockets
MBABANE – All the teachers who are currently involved in the nation-wide protest action have already lost thousands of Emalangeni each as government has vowed to implement the no-work-no-pay rule on their salaries for this month.
Education and Training Minister Wilson Ntshangase, in an interview last week Thursday, reiterated that Cabinet took an executive decision not to pay any of the teachers who would take part in the protest action dubbed ‘Way Waya’ (indefinite).
Ntshangase said officials from the ministry had been deployed in almost all the schools in the country to take the roll-call of teachers who were present and absent, respectively.
"It’s even better when the school is closed mainly because that means all the teachers are absent from duty," he stated. "As the ministry of education, we’ve no choice but to implement the Cabinet decision of no-work no-pay on the salaries for July (next month)."
The minister observed that the teachers involved in the protest action would be affected greatly by the no-work no-pay rule, saying they were in dire need of the money when taking into consideration the obtaining financial scenario in the country.
Independent investigations by this newspaper have revealed that a degreed teacher at Grade C5 (last notch) pockets a monthly remuneration of E11 271.25.
The teacher is paid E65.02 per hour which equals to E520.16 a day - totaling to E2 600.80 per week (five working days).
This effectively means any degreed teacher involved in the protest action, will so far, lose E2 600.80. Minister Ntshangase said the money would be deducted from their salaries for next month.
Holders of Diploma Certificates at Grade C3 (last notch) receive a monthly salary of E7 771.50.
Such teachers stand to lose E1 793 per week.
Their hourly rate is E44.83 which totals up to E358.64 a day.
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