The South African Democratic Teachers' Union (SADTU) would like to express its sincere condolences to Hugh Masekela's family, the rest of the country and the music fraternity.
SADTU Gauteng condemns the brutal attack on peaceful demonstrators at Hoerskool Overvaal in Vereeniging. This justified demonstration follows a disappointing court judgement on Gauteng Department of Education's to place 55 grade 8 learners. The assertion of lack of capacity to accommodate these learners is used to block transformation and keep the school as the sole preserve for White Afrikaners.
The South African Democratic Teachers' Union (SADTU) is shocked and saddened by the death of a teacher who was allegedly stabbed to death by a learner whom he accused of failing him. We condemn this killing in strongest terms. The death of a teacher is one too many. His death is a loss to the profession, his family and society at large.
South Africa's biggest union in the education sector, the South African Democratic Teachers' Union (SADTU), would like to welcome all teachers and learners back to school when the 2018 school year begins on Wednesday, 17 January.
The South African Democratic Teachers Union in Free State congratulates the matric class of 2017 for the excellent performance in the 2017 NSC examination.
The South African Democratic Teachers Union in Eastern Cape congratulates the matric class of 2017 for the improved performance in the 2017 NSC examination. As the organisation we welcome the results with a strong belief that the Province has a potential to do better.
The South African Democratic Teachers'Union (SADTU) is the largest union in the education sector representing more than 260,000 teachers and education workers. SADTU welcomes the 2017 National Senior Certificate (Matric) results. The Matric Class of 2017 is the fourth Grade 12 cohort to write these examinations under the Curriculum Assessment Policy Statement (CAPS) and the 10th cohort to sit for the National Senior Certificate. We believe the system is gradually maturing, hence the improved results. In 2016, the pass rate was 72,5% and this year, we have recorded a 75.1% pass rate.
The South African Democratic Teachers' Union (SADTU) has noted the release of the International Reading Literacy Study which has reflected that 78% of Grade 4 learners cannot read for meaning.
The South African Democratic Teachers' Union wishes the South African Students' Congress well for its 20th National Congress to be held at the University of Johannesburg. SASCO has been a reliable ally of SADTU in the agenda to transform education at all levels.
SADTU in Limpopo has consistently indicated that the Department of Education in the province has no regard for the rights of its employees and the authority of the courts.
The South African Democratic Teachers' Union (SADTU) is deeply concerned with the continued delays in concluding the agreement for social grant distribution by the Department of Social Development. A panel of experts chaired by the Auditor-General has already warned that the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) would most likely miss its deadline to successfully transfer the payment of social grants by April 2018.
The South African Democratic Teachers' Union (SADTU) wishes well all the 798 289 full and part time learners who will be writing their 2017 National Senior Certificate (NSC)/Matric examinations.
The South African Democratic Teachers' Union (SADTU) has noted with utter disgust reports that a 57-year-old guard at a school in Soweto was arrested for allegedly sexually molesting 83 school girls. As a Union representing teachers and education worker, we find it unpalatable that those tasked with ensuring that the school environment is safe for teaching and learning can be the ones alleged to be doing the direct opposite.
SADTU in the Western Cape is deeply concerned that the MEC for Education, Debbie Schafer has decided to close Uitsig High School. For a number of years, the Western Cape DA government had systematically made a number of illegal attempts to close the school. These included encouraging learners to enroll at neighbouring schools and redeploying teachers to other schools. This led the workers and community taking the MEC to the High Court earlier this year to stop the premature closure.
The South African Democratic Teachers' Union heeds the call by our Federation COSATU to embark on a national strike on job losses, State Capture and Corruption on 27 September, 2017. This protected strike was prompted by the revelations by the Public Protector that the country has been captured and there is a network of the predatory elite that is engaged in looting state resources and corrupt activities.
The South African Democratic Teachers' Union has noted with grave concern newspaper reports that the Gupta apologist Brian Molefe is allegedly being positioned to take over from the current CEO of the PIC in the very near future. The PIC's main mandate is to invest our pension funds as public servants and currently has assets worth R1.9 trillion.
SADTU in the Northern Cape has learned with great shock, disappointment and disgust media reports of 30 August 2017 about the alleged serious and unbecoming conduct of teachers in Bothitong High School.
The High Court in Limpopo has today restored the rule of law, asserted its judicial authority and restored the right of members and other employees of the Education Department. This follows an urgent application by SADTU to the High Court to protect its members against unlawful deductions following a strike at the Head Office of the Department.
Thousands of SADTU members braved the heat on Saturday, 12 August, 2017 and marched from Walter Sisulu Square in Kliptown to Moroka Police Station to hand over a memorandum against gender based violence as part of the Union's celebration of Women's Month.
The Union has noted with concern, that there has been an increase in violence at our schools, directed at Educators, Support staff and Learners. These acts of violence include shooting in and around education institutions, attacks on educator and support staff and violence directed at our learners at school, and when they travel to and from their respective institutions.