The IFP has opposed the alleged plan by the KZN Provincial Treasury to cut thousands of staff members, including over 2 000 teachers, from the Department of Education.
On Tuesday, 21 September 2021, the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) issued a statement in response to the alleged teacher retrenchments in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN). The party stated that it is shocked and dismayed to learn of plans to retrench thousands of workers in the KZN Department of Education, including teachers.
According to the IFP, the KZN MEC, Kwazi Mshengu claimed that the KZN Provincial Treasury told the department to cut staff members. The plan allegedly calls for the department to cut over 6 000 staff, and of that amount, more than 2 000 teachers are included.
The IFP stressed that this is a recipe for disaster and that it wishes to categorically state that as the IFP, it is against what it has described as an ill-advised decision by the KZN Provincial Treasury. The party also demanded that the KZN MEC inform the affected schools.
What more has the IFP asked of the KZN MEC in relation to teacher retrenchments?
The IFP has demanded that the MEC for Education inform of when the process is expected to be rolled out, as well as what procedure will be used to determine which teachers will be retrenched.
What has the IFP asked of KZN’s Premier Zikalala in relation to the teacher retrenchments?
The party called on Zikalala to reject the plan for mass retrenchment of teachers and staff in the department, stating that if his government is truly concerned with unemployment, the decision would be reversed.
How will the teacher retrenchments affect teachers, according to the IFP?
The IFP believes that teachers cannot afford to pay the price for the ANC’s failure to create jobs, noting that there are many unemployed graduates left sitting at home due to the ruling party’s dreary attitude towards job creation.
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