Pupils suffer as staff protest over unpaid overtime

Delays leave EC special needs school in shambles

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Close to 300 pupils housed at St Thomas school for the Deaf are spending weekends without professional care in the midst of a staff go-slow. They are being looked after by eight extended public works programme (EPWP) workers. School governing body chair Simphiwe Mfengwana said the work-to-rule labour action by the support staff at the school situated between King William’s Town and Stutterheim has been caused by non-payment of overtime monies by the department of education since 2013.

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