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naptosa thumb medium70 99Daily News reports that unpaid teachers at a private school in Morningside, Durban, were on Tuesday told to leave by the owner after they had staged a sit-in in the staff room on Monday.  

The teachers, who had not been paid since January, were allegedly told that the school management was awaiting a sponsorship and that parents were not paying school fees.  Ishara Dhanook of the National Professional Teachers’ Organisation of SA (Naptosa) said the union was preparing to take the school to the CCMA on behalf of the teachers, who were its members.  According to Naptosa, the school employed 21 people, had 80 enrolled pupils and charged school fees of up to R5,000 a month per pupil.  Dhanook said that after the teachers had approached the union in April, a meeting had been held with the school’s management, which had committed to pay the teachers as soon as possible.  However, no payments were made.  Apparently, the school had previously traded as Academy of Learning and Learnership, but was now called New Life Academy after operations director Regan Stander took over from his father last year.  “They now say that last year’s salary should be claimed from the old employer, Stander sr.  This is exploitation of staff.  One staff member had not been paid since June last year.  It is also a violation of Freedom of Association.  Staff were victimised because they have joined the union,” Dhanook stated.

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