THOUSANDS of King William's Town pupils may miss out on spring school this year.
Three teachers, who did not want to be named, said they had taken part in the winter school programme in June but had not yet been paid.
The winter school ran from June 24 for nine days. Payment for the teachers, who taught about seven hours a day, was an estimated R6000.
The teachers said the department had blamed the delay on a strike at the King William's Town district office.
The angry teachers have threatened to boycott the spring school programme if the matter is not sorted out by the start of the September holidays next week.
"There might not be a spring school if this issue is not sorted out soon. That would affect the kids negatively, especially the badly performing schools who really need it," one teacher said.
"This has really affected all of us, especially financially. I drove out there every day using my own petrol. And I had already budgeted for that money."
This was echoed by another teacher, who said she was frustrated that she had given up her time during the winter break and had not been paid.
"What is really frustrating is that no one even bothers to explain to us what is happening," she said.
"We have to keep asking questions."
Education spokesman Malibongwe Mtima said a computer had exploded in the budget office and that employees had had to relocate to other premises while repairs were under way.
"Apart from that, there are alternatives to ensure that these educators are paid as soon as possible," he said.