'Unqualified teachers didn’t receive full pay'

Allen Glen High School in Roodepoort has defended its hiring of two unqualified teachers.

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JOHANNESBURG - Allen Glen High School in Roodepoort defended its hiring of two unqualified teachers on Thursday, saying they did not receive full salaries.

Helen Bekker, the school's financial manager, said she was in charge of paying salaries and could confirm the pair was not paid the same as their qualified colleagues.

Eyewitness News has reported on two teachers who have been conducting lessons with various grades, despite having no qualifications to do so and having only matriculated recently.

The Roodepoort high school said both teachers were on a learnership programme, but information from concerned parents and the Gauteng Department of Education have indicated they were receiving a full teacher's salary and were allowed to give lessons without supervision.

It is also understood they were hired by the school's governing body without permission from the department - which has asked they be dismissed immediately.

The Education Department's spokesperson, Charles Phahlane, said they would investigate who employed the pair and take disciplinary action against them.