19 June 2018
The leadership of the Province notes and appreciates the relations established between the Office of the Superintendent General (SG) and our Union as well as stability in the Eastern Cape Department of Basic Education (ECDOE) since 2017; attained through bilateral meetings and Provincial Education Labour Relations Council (PELRC) settings. We are raising the above fully aware that there are still some irritations which still require full attention in the Province. The irritations that seem difficult or are refusing to go away include but are not limited to the following:
VIOLENCE IN OUR SCHOOLS
This we condemn as the Union for we have long been calling on Government to put stringent measures in place to ensure our schools are safe and to provide psychological support for both teachers and learners to assist in shaping learner behaviour. If this remains as is, it simply means the eradication of respect, tolerance, and non-violence. All this begins at home, then enhanced by the Religious fraternity, later by the school not the vice versa.
If this remains, schooling is likely to be eradicated and the future of our country will be at risk. We should all refuse to sit back and do nothing about these realities. Joint ventures involving all stakeholders are sacrosanct in relation to this matter.
WILLY-NILLY RATIONALISATION CLOSURE/MERGER/ OF SCHOOLS
The Union rejects the willy-nilly rationalisation, closure of mergers of schools by the ECDOE. It is against the law and must end forthwith. This exercise must happen lawfully and according to book. If not, we shall be intolerant of any deviation or gross violation of the law that guides the process and this may negatively affect our schools as well as our members. This has a hypothetical and potential risk of straining, if not killing completely, the acknowledged relations with the Office of the SG. We do not have sound relations with the office of the MEC who is an ANC deployee for education in the province. His office is just monumental in the Province.
We call for the filling of all advertised posts within a month from date of advertisement for we shall not understand any explanation that would lack sense. Failure to observe this call will not be palatable to us as SADTU EC. All Bulletins issued so far must reach finality by 17July 2018. We shall not understand anything that goes beyond this period. This we believe contributes directly to stability, job creation, NDP (Chapter 9), Schooling 2025, our 2030 Vision despite the irritations like Non-Payment of Tranches for schools, procedural Suspension/dismissal/demotion of School Principals. We also wish to acknowledge and appreciate the soon-to-be signed collective agreement No.1/2018 on Advertising/ Filling of Educator posts at institutions by the PELRC.
2019 PPN PROCESS
We acknowledge that the time to start the 2019 PPN is process is near, but as SADTU EC we want to be frank that we will not be part of this process if the issue of MULTI-TERM Declaration is not implemented. This is on the basis of the late 2017 and early 2018 ANC Lekgotla that resolved on the matter. If the MEC takes mandate from the ANC, he must heed the call and do the right thing or give chance to those who still listen to the ANC when deployed.
CAPACITATION OF SGBs
We note with great frustration that since election of new SGBs in schools in 2018, there has been no induction. This is suicidal to our schools in many ways. We therefore call upon the ECDOE to train these SGBs and further assist them to have the National Association of School Governing Bodies (NASGB) in full swing in the Province as guided by law.
WORKSHOPS ON HOLIDAYS
As the Union, we remain committed to the capacitation of those employed by ECDOE. However, due legal process must be followed if this is to take place during school holidays. Any deviation therefore is a provocation if not a declaration of war against us. Consequences may not be good for either the ECDOE or the Union. The PELRC must come up with something clear on the matter that will be binding to all parties now going forward.
SOCIAL PROTESTS AND IMPACT ON EDUCATION
We note that citizens vent their anger against service delivery ills/shortfalls on schools. We view this in serious light as it tempers with the right of children to learn and is therefore denying them a bright future. We are not saying there must be no protests but they not destroy our schools. We call upon all citizens and Departments to join us in the chorus to save schools.
CORRUPTION IN ECDOE
We denounce any form of corruption irrespective of who does it in the ECDOE. We want the ECDOE to investigate any other corruption activities as these are on the rise in the Province. Monies intended to go to schools do not reach them under the guise that the schools are closed whilst they are operational. Consequence management must apply to all perpetrators so that we can have clean governance in the Province, (Stop looking for small fishes, start looking for the Big Fishes). The release of the report on ECDOE by the SIU is long overdue. It must availed now and we be appraised. We call on the ECDOE to do away with any form of outsourcing or CONSULTANTS due to obvious reasons.
"WE ARE CALLING FOR THE REVIVAL OF THE QUALITY LEARNING AND TEACHING CAMPAIGN (QLTC) THAT REQIURES THE LEARNERS, TEACHERS, PARENTS, COMMUNITIES AND GOVERNMENT TO BE ACTIVELY INVOLVED IN THE EDUCATION OF THE NATION"
Provincial Secretary: C. K. Mdingi
Deputy Provincial Secretary: N. Mboniswa