SADTU Limpopo Province recently held its Provincial General Council meeting on 03-04 October 2016 at Magoebaskloof Hotel in Tzaneen; amongst their resolutions made; the following are flagged:
It goes without saying that the curriculum we use to teach our children is one of the most important aspects of our schools. That is why we were so horrified to see a Pearson school textbook teaching the children of South Africa to blame victims of sexual violence for their assaults. This is completely unacceptable, and we reject any explanation put forward by Pearson that this was an oversight. It is not a simple oversight when the sections of the text in question were written, edited and published by the world`s largest supplier of educational materials.
The South African Democratic Teachers` Union in the Western Cape would like to distance itself from news reports indicating that some of our members were involved in acts of violence and intimidation at some schools in the province. We condemn the use of violence in the strongest terms; however we make no secret of the fact that we are driving the campaign aimed at drawing the attention of WCED to stop administering these systemic tests.
The Congress of South African Trade Unions will convene a media briefing session to communicate the state of readiness and outline the planned activities for its one day national strike during this year`s International Decent Work Day on Friday the 7th October 2016.
"The dream begins with a teacher who believes in you, who tugs and pushes and leads you to the next plateau, sometimes poking you with a sharp stick called `truth`." - Dan Rather
SADTU KwaZulu-Natal notes that the murder trial of the alleged killers of our Mbuso Shabalala Regional Chairperson Comrade Nkosinathi Cyril Zondi resumed on Tuesday, 4 October, 2016. Comrade Zondi was also the Principal of Nyonemhlophe High School under the Ugu District.
SADTU KwaZulu Natal welcomes the appointment of Dr Enock Vusumuzi Nzama as the new Head of Department in the province. SADTU is convinced and hopeful that in him there is capacity to deliver towards the realisation of the vision of the Department of ensuring the provision of quality public education in the province. His qualifications and the experience he gathered over the years will assist him in his new responsibilities.
The South African Democratic Teachers` Union (SADTU) fully supports the call by union Federation COSATU for a one-day strike on the 7th of October 2016, during the International Decent Work Day. The Day serves to promote among others; fair income and security in the work place, conducive and productive work environments.
The South African Democratic Teachers Union welcomes the announcement by the Minister of Higher Education on higher education fees for 2017.
The South African Democratic Teachers` Union (SADTU) is condemning in strongest terms, publishing group and global leader in the privatisation of education Pearson PLC for publishing a textbook that seeks to normalise rape.
The Limpopo Primer`s office has been concerned about SADTU`s pickets and calls for a protest march and strikes over the non-payment of salaries of temporary teachers. The Office convened a meeting between SADTU, Limpopo Department of Education and Provincial Treasury. The meeting was attended by all MEC`s of the concerned departments.
The South African Democratic Teachers Union held its 3rd National Executive Com-mittee meeting of the year from the 26th to 27th of August 2016, Kempton Park, Ekurhuleni. The NEC reflected on a number of issues that concern us as education professionals specifically and broadly as members of society within a developmental state.
SADTU wishes it`s sister affiliate, the Food and Allied Workers Union (FAWU) well for its all important National Congress from the 22nd to the 25th of August. It is our hope that the Congress will result into a stronger and united organisation which will continue to be the voice of the voiceless.
It is with greatest disappointment and concern to realise that teachers and schools still experience the worst treatment by the Limpopo Department of Education to an extent that more than 205 temporary teachers have not been paid since April 2016. It is unthinkable, at this time of democracy in South Africa that teachers are subjected to this bad and unfair labour practice and are still expected to deliver quality public education whilst the department treats them as not worthy of human beings.
SADTU has, like everyone in the country, learned about the disgusting video making rounds showing a teacher having a sexual intercourse with a learner. As a Union of disciplined professionals and committed in ensuring that we are real agents of change and champions of People`s Education for People`s Power, we do not believe that a situation like the one portrayed in the video can be acceptable and tolerated. SADTU in her Code of Conduct puts it clear how each educator and SADTU member are expected to behave and conduct themselves
The South African Democratic Teachers` Union (SADTU) in KwaZulu-Natal welcomes the appointment of the new MECs in KZN and in particular welcomes the MEC for education, Mr. Mthandeni Dlungwane. He is inheriting an entity with no Head in place after the expiry of the contract of Dr Nkosinathi Sishi and this should give him an opportunity to apply his mind intelligently when planning for the future of the department.