As part of strengthening management systems and a bid to enhance good governance and accountability, the Northern Cape department of education has embarked on a personnel information verification process.
Department spokesperson Ohentse Stander said the aim of the process was to ensure effectiveness and productivity in the current financial year.
He said the process was carried out and commissioned by the head of department "as part of strengthening his management's systems".
It was also "part of our striving to enhance good governance and accountability as prescribed by the Public Finance Management Act".
"The process was launched by education MEC Griezelda Cjiekella and head of department Tshepo Pharasi who presented themselves at head office with their ID documents, salary advice and proof of qualification."
Stander said this will assist the department in determining who is "the biggest employer" to establish the number of employees it has, to reconcile and to locate personnel correctly, particularly as people have taken transfers, resigned or been dismissed.
"In relation to teachers, it will assist us to put them in their correct salary levels as a result of some teachers having improved their qualifications," he said.
He said the process will run for the next 18 days and will cover all the five districts in terms of administrative staff and teaching staff.
"The process involves employees presenting themselves in person with official original documents like salary advice, ID document and qualifications.
In the case where personnel don't comply, a full investigation will have to be carried out," Stander said.