The South African Democratic Teachers Union wants to highlight major concerns with the soon to be released Ministerial Task Team report on the so the called "jobs for cash" scandal. The Union has made some observations from the leaked interim report itself and the process leading to its finalisation which has brought us to the conclusion that it lacks credibility and cannot thus be an accurate reflection of the situation on the ground.
The South African Democratic Teachers Union in the Free State has welcomed the Education Budget Vote for the 2016/17 financial year presented by the MEC Tate Makgoe on the 18th March 2016.
The South African Democratic Teachers` Union (SADTU) supports the Congress of South African Student`s (COSAS) campaign - Learn Without Fear - which aims to highlight the unsafe conditions that learners are subjected to in their learning environments.
The South African Democratic Teachers` Union (SADTU) as an affiliate of global teacher and educational personnel union federation Education International (EI), joins the world in celebrating 8 March, International Women`s Day under the United Nation`s theme "Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step it up for Gender Equality".
The South African Democratic Teachers Union in Free State calls on all members to take part in the protest march on the 09th March 2016 against corruption and stubborn principal of Motheo TVET College in Bloemfontein.
SADTU in KwaZulu-Natal is saddened by the loss of three learners of Sibongumusa High School at KwaSwayimane Village. Our prayers are with the Zondi, Vidima and especially with the Buthelezi family whose child`s body has not been recovered. We are hopeful that the body will be found soon in order to allow the family to grieve and find closure in their loss. It is indeed an unfortunate incident that such bright lives would be lost when they were ready to bloom.
In a series of recommendations published last week, the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (African Commission) expressed its deep concerns about the growth and lack of regulation of private schools in Uganda, which could be in violation of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ rights. The African Commission expressed its worry that “that the increase in the establishment of private schools […] could result in discrimination against children from low-income households”. It further noted that the growth of private education “has been encouraged by the Government”, which “raises the concern of the government gradually releasing itself from the obligation to provide quality public education”.
SADTU welcomes the 2016 budget presented by Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan. The budget speech has come at a time when the country is facing the challenge of addressing the declining confidence in the rand and to meet the expectations for a better life from mil-lions of South Africans.
SADTU in North West is not happy with the Department of Basic Education`s posture. SADTU North West held its Provincial Executive Committee meeting on the 12th and 13th of February 2016. Guided by vows and commitments the Union has towards Public Quality Education, the PEC reflected on the factors that cause the system not to deliver.
The South African Democratic Teachers Union in Free State have welcomed the State of the Province Address by the Honourable Premier Ace Magashule on the 16th February 2016.
SADTU is calling on its members to boycott the Department of Basic Education (DBE)`s call to work with the South African Football Association (SAFA) co-ordinators to a ensure a seamless school football programme. Football in schools has, for years, been run by the South African Schools Football Association (SASFA) which SADTU members played a critical role in its formation and operation.
SADTU Limpopo Province is concerned about ministerial utterances regarding poor matric performance.
SADTU Limpopo Province has noted with serious concern that some political parties are visiting schools and addressing during school hours encouraging learners to boycott classes, burn municipal property, Departmental Circuit offices and schools demanding additional teachers, buildings and water provisions.
SADTU Limpopo Province would like to take this opportunity to welcome all of its members and staff back to their respective workplaces after a well-deserved rest during the festive season. We believe that all of you took the time to recharge your batteries and energies for the tasks that lie ahead of us in the 2016 academic year. We hope that all of you are ready and raring to embrace the new academic year with a singularity of mind and resolve to shake things up and ensure that this year becomes one of the most successful one in our province with regard to delivering quality public education for all. The future of our children and society lies in our hands, hence our people expect no less from us other than to put our shoulders on the wheel and ensure that we improve things for the better!
SADTU notes the impact that the "#FeesMustFall" movement has had in the country in recent months. We commend the students and their organised formations in the form of Progressive Youth Alliance structures for having revitalised the fight for access to quality education. We believe that these are genuine struggles of the working class and they must be protected as such. We must remain vigilant and resist all attempts by some groupings to hijack genuine struggles and use them to advance political agendas.
As schools open their doors to welcome hundreds and thousands of learners across the country to start the 2016 academic year, the South African Democratic Teachers` Union (SADTU) re-commits itself to defend quality public education and close ranks against those who seek to destroy collective bargaining in education, a right that we fought for as workers.
The National Senior Certificate results still reflect the economic disparities. SADTU welcomes the 2015 National Senior Certificate results albeit cautiously. We congratulate both the learners and the teachers. Although the results show a 5,1 % decline from 2014, we welcome the improvement in terms of the numbers and quality passes from learners in Quintiles 1 to 3 who are mainly township and rural schools and are generally perceived as poor performers.
We learned with a great shock and sadness that our Researcher Samuel Fenyane had passed way after a short illness on 26 December 2015. His departure has robbed the Union and the country of one of the most dedicated servants of our people, particularly the membership.