Khume Ramulifho MPL
Spokesperson on Education
The DA in Gauteng is pleased to note that no disruptions are taking place at Soweto schools as a result of the go-slow threatened by the South African Democratic Teachers Union (Sadtu). This morning I visited Soweto schools in Orlando, Meadowlands and Diepkloof to assess the start of the term and the impact of Sadtu’s latest threats.
The DA condemns Sadtu’s latest stunt which effectively reduces teaching and the future of pupils to a political tool to force their own narrow agenda across. It is highly ironic that Sadtu threatens a go-slow against measures to improve the quality of education.
The DA urges all teachers to be in class and on the sport fields to ensure that learners get the quality, comprehensive education experience they deserve. The Gauteng Education Department should visit schools throughout the province to guarantee that quality learning and teaching is being upheld and is not affected by political games. Should Sadtu and its members embark on this go-slow the department must enforce the no work no pay rule. The department must also ensure that measures are put in place to protect teachers who are committed to teaching and their duties as educators.
The DA in Gauteng will monitor this situation closely to ensure that Gauteng schooling is not disrupted.