- Temporary teachers hired during strike not pid
Substitute teachers who assisted during the civil servants strike have been left in the lurch with no pay for services rendered at the time the nation and the students needed them the most.
An angry retired primary school teacher who took up temporary employment at Monarch primary school in Francistown during the eight-week strike ,on Wednesday had no clue about when he was likely to be paid for the job done.
Whensencilous Mbututu (44) is one of the four teachers from Monarch primary school who for the past month have been sent from pillar to post by the Department Of Primary Education each time they enquired about their wages.
“Just imagine the amount of time that has lapsed since the strike ended. Ad up to now we have not seen a dime of the money we worked for. Each day we go to their offices they tell us to come back the following day, as if it amuses them when we keep on knocking on their office doors asking for our monies,” said the former teacher, who was in the past forced to quit active employment due to ill health.
The irate father of three who has now grown weary of chasing after his pay wondered if they were ever going to get their dues at all. He suspected the officers at Ntshe house to be corrupt individuals who only helped only those who greased their palms.
“It seems bribery is what makes the wheels turn in these offices, because one lady, who was hired at the same time with us got her money on the 28th of last month and a few selected others have been long paid,”lamented Mbututu who has over 18 years of teaching experience to his name. “What is to become of us who don’t want or do not have the money to grease palms,” he said shaking his head in disgust.
Frustrated, Mbututu eventually took his complaint to a higher office only for him to be snubbed. “The Director of Primary Education, Mma Molebi Morolong chased us out of her office like dogs, claiming, that we were making noise. She said she did not know when we will get paid,” a disappointed Mbututu, who was in the company of his young wife with an infant baby clad on her back commented.
Meanwhile an officer known as Mma Kelaotswe who launched an investigation on what happened to unpaid temporarily hired teachers’ salary forms was shocked to retrieve the forms she believed were submitted to the revenue department from the drawers of one salaries officer known as Takobana.
“The same young man whose name we learnt was Takobana insinuated that maybe we will receive our money on the 22nd of this month, since we had reported him to his bosses,”said the aggrieved former teacher, who has been walking to the Education offices daily from his rented home in Monarch.
When contacted for a comment, the Director of Primary Education, Molebi Morolong said: “If they have not been paid how will you help them? Anyway it’s not true that they have not been paid. If you want me to answer any other questions forward me a questionnaire.The voice sent her a questionnaire and by the time of going to print she hadn’t replied yet.