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ASSEMBLIES OF GOD LINKED SCHOOL STRUGGLES TO PAY WORKERS

Siyamthanda Khumalo

Henley on Klip- A private school affiliated to the well-known Assemblies of God church is involved in a bitter struggle with its employees over non-payment of salaries. Workers at the Assemblies of God College situated at Henley on Klip in the south of Johannesburg claim they have not been paid consistently for over a year.

Assemblies of God College has an intake of learners from Grades 1-12 which each learner paying between R40 000- R52 000 annually.

A worker who declined to identify himself said told Gauteng News that the Assemblies of God College owes its teachers, administrators, general workers and its  maintenance department seven months’ worth of salaries.

“When we are paid it’s either we get our salaries in fractions or not at all”, he said.

Gauteng News spoke to an educator at the school who reiterated allegations by his colleague that management does not communicate regarding salaries.

The educated did not reveal her name for fear of victimisation said staff morale was at its lowest. Her fear was that learners could be deprived of quality education as a result of this fiasco.

“We are frustrated and are constantly finding ourselves taking our frustrations out on the children by losing patience when teaching them”, she said.

“The quality of teaching has been compromised. Our matric results dropped from 88% in 2017 to 77% in 2018”, she said.

Mr Mabizela, the chairperson of the Assemblies of God College confirmed to Gauteng News that their school is experiencing financial constraints. Mabizela slammed workers for reporting this issue to the press.

“I am surprised that these employees have spoken to media about this as they know that we are trying to resolve this matter without dismissing any of them. We have been communicating with the employees about this matter”,  said Mr Mabizela.

Gauteng News reached out to the chairperson of the Assemblies of God responsible for the college. At the time of going to print he had not responded to our questions. The Independent Schools Association of South Africa (ISASA) could not comment on the matter as the Assemblies of God College is not a member.

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