The National Program of Action when it was suspended it was on the basis that consideration has been undertaken and SADTU’s demands will not fall by the wayside.
SADTU in the Free State is disappointed and angered by the conduct of Department of Education to return Director General Bobby Soobrayan to the office, despite the glaring evidence that he has messed up our education and that educators have not benefited since being in charge of the administration.
The National Working Committee of the South African Democratic Teachers Union having met in preparation of the upcoming National Executive Committee reflected on a number of issues that required its urgent attention. After extensive deliberation, the collective resolved as follows:
South African Democratic Teachers’ Union (SADTU) has echoed President Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma’s words during his State of the Nation Address that South Africa is indeed a good country to live in. In a speech that not only reflected on the year but the twenty years of the new democracy the President managed to soberly judge the situation by further acknowledging that the country still faced the triple challenge of poverty, inequality and unemployment. He did not shy away from the challenges facing South Africa such as high unemployment and the strength of the rand but highlighted plans that have been put in place to alleviate the situation.
SADTU Limpopo Province is appalled by the latest display of insensitivity and total disrespect shown by the MEC of Education, Dikeledi Magadzi towards principals of underperforming schools in the province. In a carefully choreographed media spectacle the MEC decided to throw caution to the wind and fired a tirade at the poor principals without due regard to their human dignity and respect which forms part of their basic human rights. In a highly condescending manner the poor principals were called one by one to make a public declaration of how they were going to improve the results of their schools.
The latest political somersaulting of Dr Ramphele vindicates us and confirms that she is indeed not fit for any political office. Frankly, we are not surprised by the spectacular collapse of the marriage of convenience that she had entered into with the neo-liberal and anti-transformation Democratic Alliance.
The KwaZulu Natal progressive education alliance launches its programme on 07 February 2014 at Curries fountain. The launch will be addressed by Blade Nzimande and Angie Motshega on their capacity as both Ministers of Higher and Basic Education respectively as well as Buti Manamela the National Secretary of the Young Communist league but on his capacity as the youngest Member of Parliament. We also hope that Malusi Gigaba the Minister of Enterprises will also grace the function and so will be the KwaZulu Natal Premier Senzo Mchunu, MEC of Education Ms Peggy Nkonyeni as well as other MEC’s from the province.
The announcement by the DA to nominate Dr Mamphela Ramphele as its presidential candidate has not come as a surprise to many SADTU members. Dr Ramphele and DA’s Helen Zille are birds of the same feather which flock together. They share the same political, economic and above all, education views. They both share a deep disrespect for teachers more specifically SADTU members.
SADTU welcomes back all members and teachers to the 2014 school year. The year begins on a positive note following the resounding 78,2% 2013 Matric pass – the best in 10 years. The country owes the good result to you as teachers. Many of you teach in poorly resourced schools where you sometimes have to dig from your own pockets in order to find resources to teach. As the Union strives to contribute towards the delivery of quality public education,
As schools open doors for the 2014 school year tomorrow (15 January 2014) SADTU’s National Office Bearers’ will visit schools in some of the provinces to monitor readiness on the first day of school.
The South African Democratic Teachers’ Union (SADTU) has welcomed with open arms, the ANC’s election manifesto delivered by President Jacob Zuma in Mpumalanga on Saturday.
We hope and trust that the manifesto which focuses on among others, education, health, rural development, decent work, sustainable housing and basic services, building integrated human settlements,
SADTU would lie to congratulate the 2013 Matric class, teachers, parents and families of the learning for the good results. We also appreciate the work that has been put in by the various provinces to achieve the 78,2% overall pass rate – the best ever in the 19 years of our new democracy. The many hours spend by the candidates and their families to make
2014 - A YEAR OF ACTION
The passing on of world icon, renowned statesman, a revolutionary with a passion for equality, democracy, justice and education Tata Nelson Mandela, caused 2013 to exit on a sad note. This cloud of sorrow was not only experienced in South Africa but the entire globe.
The South African Democratic Teachers Union (SADTU) is devastated by the sudden demise of a cadre, a revolutionary and an education activist serving in both Higher and Basic Education Portfolio Committees - Comrade Crosby Moni.
It is with deepest sorrow that SADTU has learnt of the death of former President Nelson Mandela. We express our deepest condolences to the Mandela family, relatives, ANC and the country for this loss.
On this sad occasion, we recall Mandela`s long and distinguished service as a humanitarian, seasoned politician and philanthropist.
SADTU`s General Secretary, Mugwena Maluleke said; "We are deeply saddened by the passing of Tata Madiba, our father and hero who changed the lives of so many people, not only in South Africa, but around the world."
The South African Democratic Teachers’ Union (SADTU) would like to applaud the provinces that have shown improvement in the ANA results - Mpumalanga, KwaZulu Natal and Free State.
We however, want to express our disappointment at the little or no improvement of the results in general
Although the level of participation has, in the third year of ANA,
It is with regret that SADTU notes that the markers are starting the marking process today without there being an agreement on their remuneration.
Gender-based violence (GBV) is a fundamental violation of human rights. It is one of the worst manifestations of gender-based discrimination, disproportionately affecting girls and women, and a major obstacle to achieving gender equality. This is a global phenomenon that knows no boundaries geographical, cultural, ethnic, economic or other.
The South African Democratic Teachers’ Union condemns the rape of a 13-year old girl who was allegedly attacked by her principal in 2012.
SADTU calls for the Department of Basic Education to negotiate on changes in conditions of employment that may come as a result of the introduction of African Language policy in schools.