- The KZN department of education has launched an investigation into how a teacher has been on sick leave for 14 years
- The KwaDukuza teacher has reportedly been receiving her full salary for nearly a decade and a half
- The Department of Education is investigating several such matters
The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education has launched an investigation to determine how a teacher has received her full salary and benefits for 14 years despite being on sick leave.
The teacher who holds a position at a KwaDukuza school has reportedly been suspended pending the outcome of the investigation.
The matter is only one of several similar cases which the department has now started investigating.
Briefly.co.za gathered that this particular case was brought into focus after the substitute teacher applied to be permanently employed by the school after being a temp for 14 years.
The substitute teacher had initially been over the moon with being employed at the same school in which she matriculated. Unfortunately, her hopes of becoming a permanent employee faded as the years went by.
It became apparent that the sick teacher would not return to her duties, but there was no clarity on the position from the department.
The substitute teacher is still considered a temporary employee and as such she has been unable to apply for bank loans, medical aid or study loans. She said her loyalty to the school was one of the reasons why she had remained in her position.
The department has declined to comment on the matter stating that such matters were confidential. A spokesperson for the department said that officials were busy clamping down on such cases.
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