Sizwe Mchunu, MPL
Leader of the DA in the KZN Legislature
The DA is noting with concern the move by SADTU in Kwazulu-Natal to hold its elective conference during the middle of a school term.
The timing to host the conference is a clear indication that the teacher’s union is undermining a call for the non-disruption of teaching and learning in our schools. The absence of educators in the classroom surely will result in undesired consequences in the year-end results and this will put both teachers and learners under unnecessary pressures as they try to make up for the lost time.
It is sad and shocking to learn that SADTU even went on to say that its members can only be out of class when attending the union’s meetings.
This is a clear disregard of the DA’s call, which was echoed by President Jacob Zuma, that teachers must be in classrooms teaching during school time.
As the DA, we believe that the absence of educators in the classroom is a huge loss to learners. Therefore I will call for the MEC for Education Peggy Nkonyeni to swiftly remind SADTU in the province that its members are being paid to execute their duties and not to attend union’s gatherings. The MEC shall also remind SADTU that quality education in KZN cannot be achieved if teachers spend time allocated for teaching at the union’s gatherings.