Woman claims to have been unfairly replaced as an assistant teacher



An unemployed woman from Ngwaabe area within Fetakgomo Tubatse Local Municipality (FTLM) in ward 29 said she felt betrayed by the principal at Ntake Primary School after she was replaced on an assistant teacher post without her consent.

After the posts for assistant teachers were advertised in November 2020 throughout the country, Mokabane Sbongile (27) said she applied for them.

The twenty-seven years old said she submitted her Curriculum Vitae (CV) and its supporting documents for the positions at two different schools, Mashego Secondary School and Ntake Primary School.

Sbongile said she was contacted by Ntake regarding the position she applied for.

“When the principal called, I was on a queue at Jane Furse Home Affairs waiting to make a burial order. She instructed me to come to the school immediately with my matric certificate and ID,”

Sibongile stated that due to the fact that she had other commitments, they both agreed that she will visit the school and submit the needed documents after her task at Home Affairs.

“I was excited to leave, and I couldn’t wait any longer especially because the queue was long. I decided to leave at about past one without completing my task,” she briefed.

And she was pressurised by the principal to see her on the same day, she claimed.

On her arrival she found that the principal had already left, and she waited for almost two hours before she could make a phone call.

“I was impatient because I waited longer than I expected and I took out my cell phone and called her and she said I was replaced,” she revealed how she was betrayed by the principal.

Sbongile says she was heartbroken and left with no option than to go home with a heavy heart.

“Even today I don’t know why I was replaced because on the phone we agreed that after completing my task at home affairs I would visit the school to hand in the demanded documents but I was shocked to discovered that I was replaced within a short space of time,” she said

The principal promised me not to worry stating that I would be the first to consider whenever opportunities arise.

But nothing has happened since then and she decided to re-apply for the new assistant teacher positions advertised.

“The day I submitted my documents the principal said she thought I was applying for somebody else because they had my CV. Maybe she forgot her promise because she should have contacted me as she promised,” said Sibongile.

The third daughter of Elizabeth Makua blamed Ntake principal for giving her false hope as she was disparate for work.

She matriculated back in 2015 at Mashego high school and wished to continue with her studies but due to financial problem she was disadvantaged.

Even today she hoped one day she would further her studies.


Thapelo Motseo

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