Community Education and Training (CET) lecturers demand that they be given permanent employment contracts that will see them working normal hours.
The lecturers took to the streets on Thursday demanding that the Department of Higher Education implements “standardized income in the sector”.
They raised concerns that lecturers in different provinces don’t earn the same salary despite having the same job description, while their employment contract is renewed on an annual basis.
“We demand that our record of service be accurately captured on PERSAL. Some of us have been employed in the ABET/AET and now CET Sector for more than 25 years but our date of appointment has been inaccurately captured on PERSAL,” said
CET national coordinator, Kgobane Mphaphathe.
The lecturers have also decried the department's slow pace in developing a curriculum that responds to the need of scares skills in communities.
Mphaphathe said the department needs to address the skills shortage concern.
The Minister [of Higher Education, Blade Nzimande] must develop a viable and well-structured lecturer development programme that will assist the sector academic staff to meet community development priorities,” he said.
The group has given the department seven days to respond to the demands.