DA welcome breakthrough in KZN education therapist salary issue

Tom Stokes, MPP

DA KZN Spokesperson on Education

The Democratic Alliance welcomes today’s confirmation by KwaZulu-Natal’s Education department that it will begin paying R23 million due to education therapists in the province from 1 October.

The information forms the basis of a document in response to a KZN finance department resolution, calling for the provincial education department to source OSD funds to cover this unfunded mandate.

After months of negotiation, National Treasury has agreed to fund what is due.

The agreement spells very good news for the many education therapists in our province who provide an invaluable service, often under very trying circumstances, to extremely vulnerable children, often with both mental and physical challenges.

Their qualifications and experience are vital.  To have lost them over a salary dispute would have been tragic.