Salary Structure for Teachers Must Be Revised

15 October 2014.


The IFP in KwaZulu-Natal calls on the MEC of Education, Peggy Nkonyeni to revise the salary structure of teachers if her Department is serious about improving teacher working conditions and retaining qualified and experienced teachers, as we celebrate Teacher's Month.


"It is high time that the Department revised the salary structure of teachers. Acceptable salary compensation is a critical element that cannot be addressed without substantial additional funding. Having a salary comparable with other professions requiring a similar level of qualification and responsibility will make it possible for teachers to live with dignity on their salaries and not be forced to take on additional jobs. Without comprehensive and sustained efforts to improve teacher working conditions, many promising education reform efforts will be likely to fail," said IFP Spokesperson on Education, Mrs Thembeni kaMadlopha-Mthethwa, MPL.


"Improving teacher working conditions means more than focusing on resources, class sizes, and physical structures. The current concept of working conditions move beyond typical labour issues of occupational health and safety concerns to consider a more comprehensive environment for teaching and learning. There is an urgent need to ensure that the large number of unqualified or seriously under-qualified teachers are fully trained and upgraded academically to meet the challenges we face on the education front," said Mrs Madlopha-Mthethwa.


"Teachers at all levels of the education system must be adequately trained, respected and remunerated, and be able to participate in decisions affecting their professional lives and teaching environment," concluded Mrs Madlopha-Mthethwa.



Issued by:

IFP Spokesperson on Education,

Mrs Thembeni KaMadlopha-Mthethwa, MPL, 071 884 3844 or 079 114 3015


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Mr Phendulani Biyase, IFP KZN Legislature Media Liaison Officer, 073 024 5675