SADTU has noted, with concern, the remarks by DA leader, Mmusi Maimane in his response to the State of the Nation Address on the 14th of February 2017. The DA leader in his speech made reference to SADTU and suggested that as a union, we were "destructive" in the sector. This rented DA leader went further to comment on education policy and suggested that under his party's leadership, he would introduce a "National Education Inspectorate" whose main task would be to "police" teachers in an effort to curtail SADTU's influence.
The South African Democratic Teachers' Union (SADTU) fully supports the National Education, Health and Allied Workers' Union's (NEHAWU's) National march on Friday, 10 February, 2017 to highlight the plight of workers in the Social Development Sector.
The South African Democratic Teachers' Union condemns in the strongest terms possible the ongoing failure of the Limpopo Department of Education to comply with the laws regarding the payment of the salaries of educators. More than 100 educators nearly spent their Christmas and New Year without having received their salaries were SADTU not to launch an urgent application in the Labour Court on the 2nd December 2016 to force the Department to pay their salaries. As a result of this application, 70 educators received their salaries by December 31 2016.
The Department of Education in the Eastern Cape is at it again, accumulating backlogs on the payment of educator salaries. This is despite the order of the Labour Court on the 14th December 2016. SADTU reiterates its position that the failure of the Department to pay salaries as prescribed in law constitutes a violation of the rights of educators the courts have stated. It is worse when such violations happen despite a court order directing the MEC and the HoD to ensure that all salaries are paid.
The Province, on behalf of its members, wants to congratulate the learners of the matric class of 2016 for the outstanding results.
We applaud all the teachers - from Grade R to 12 - for their dedication to the learners in the province. The Union acknowledges its members who have tirelessly worked after school, over weekends and during vacations to prepare their learners in achieving this milestone.
The South African Democratic Teachers' Union'(SADTU) in the Free State notes and welcomes the appointment of the new Head of Department for Education, Advocate Tsoarelo Malakoane by the Hon. Premier Ace Magashule in terms of the Public Service Act (No. 103 of 1994).
The South African Democratic Teachers Union has noted with disdain the comments attributed to the Premier of the North West Provincial government Supra Mahumapelo regarding the salaries of certain government employees. It is reported that the North West Provincial Government will "most likely" cut the salaries of certain public servants during the 2017 financial year.
As schools open their doors on Wednesday, 11 January 2017 ushering in the 2017 academic year, SADTU's National Office Bearers will visit schools around the country to monitor readiness.
The line with our commitment to the Quality Learning and Teaching Campaign (QLTC), we expect to see effective teaching taking place on the first day of school.
The South African Democratic Teachers’ Union (SADTU) in KZN has noted the release of improved 2016 matric results and joins the entire education fraternity to welcome them with excitement. This is a reflection of collective efforts of all stakeholders in education. We send accolades and praises to our members and educators in general for their unwavering commitment to work mainly under the most difficult and trying conditions. We salute learners who accepted the challenge and availed themselves for all extra classes organized for them in a bid to broaden access to tuition classes. The majority of parents have realized the need to play a more meaningful role in the education of their children and the value thereof is manifestly reflected in these improved results.
SADTU Northern Cape welcomes the matric results of the class of 2016. We are heartned by the improved results of 78.7 percentage which is an improvement of 9.3 percent from 69.4 percentage in 2015. This qualitative results is an indication of the hard work our educators and learners have put in.
The South African Democratic Teachers` Union in the Free State Province is delighted about the performance of matric class of 2016. We congratulate all learners who managed to get that all important certificate that will open a new world of opportunities for them.
We commend the teachers and SADTU members in particular because as the majority Union in the province, they did the bulk of the work which ensured that the province was not only top in the country but will go down the history annals as the one that beat the 90% threshold.
SADTU in Mpumalanga calls for meaningful engagement with stakeholder to assist progressed learners.
The South African Democratic Teachers' Union in Mpumalanga wishes to congratulate all learners who passed Grade 12. We wish them well in their future endeavors.
SADTU Gauteng welcomes the release of National Senior Certificate results today by MEC Panyaza Lesufi.
The results reflect an improvement from 2015 results from 84,2% to 85.1% .The results are also showing a qualitative advance through 37,582 Bachelor passes out of 103,829 learners who wrote the examination and represent the highest in the country.
The South African Democratic Teachers` Union (SADTU) applauds teachers in general and our members in particular for the hard work done towards the improved 2016 National Senior Certificate results which saw more learners from schools in township and rural areas(Quintiles 1,2 and 3) passing.
SADTU in the North West welcomes and appreciates the release of 2016 matric results. We want to congratulate all stakeholders inter alia, senior management of the Department under the Honorable MEC Sello Lehari, districts and area offices officials, principals, learners and selfless teachers; SADTU members to be specific. This we do following our knowledge of challenges facing the system. Indeed, the province with all its forces managed to prove no material condition of whatever magnitude can pull us down.
The South African Democratic Teachers Union notes the outcomes of the 2016 National Senior Certifcate examinations with a heavy heart. First we congratulate those learners and their teachers who have been successful. We wish these learners well in their future endeavours. We hope that they serve as an example that even in adverse material conditions, success is possible. We wish to thank our members and teachers generally for their efforts even in the most trying circumstances.
SADTU wants 2017 to be declared the year for quality public education.
2016 marked 60 years of the adoption of the Freedom Charter. It also marked 22 years of the dawn of democracy and 20 years of the adoption of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa. It further marked 50 years of the adoption of the UNESCO/ILO Recommendations concerning the Status of Teachers. When SADTU was formed 26 years ago she had, as one of the primary objectives the elimination of all forms of discrimination in education and started the journey of striving towards a free and democratic education in South Africa.
The South African Democratic Teachers Union has scored a major victory in the Port Elizabeth Labour Court following an application it made to compel the Education Department to pay the salaries of teachers and to reverse a decision of the former Acting Head of Department Ms Sizakele Netshiphalala to terminate the services of educators she claimed were appointed irregularly.
The National Executive Committee (NEC) of the South African Democratic Teachers` Union (SADTU) held its last meeting for 2016 at its headquarters in Kempton Park from 8 to 10 December, 2016.
The meeting took place on the latter days of the 16-Days of Activism For No Violence Against Women and Children, on the third anniversary of the death of world icon, former President Nelson Mandela, during the mourning period for the
late Cuban leader Fidel Castro, on the eve of International Human Rights Day and at the end of the school calendar.
The South African Democratic Teachers` Union (SADTU) joins the millions of South Africans and people around the globe to mark 1 December, World Aids Day under the theme: "It is in our hands to end HIV and TB".