Sadtu’s proposal for more sick leave ‘is shocking’

2010-10-12 14:47

It was shocking that one of the worst performing provinces in terms of matric results had the audacity to compromise education further, the SA Democratic Students’ Movement (Sadesmo) said today.

Sadesmo was responding to reports that South African Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu) members wanted the government to review their leave measures so that they could get more sick leave days.

The proposal was made by the Eastern Cape delegation.

“If these reports are indeed true, then one ought to be very concerned,” said national spokesperson Mkhuleko Hlengwa.

“Sadesmo calls on Sadtu not to let learners down.”

Hlengwa said the proposal had not been tabled in Parliament and called on basic education minister Angie Motshekga “not to accept this nonsensical recommendation when and if it arrives”.

Teachers were currently entitled to 21 days off work and 12 days sick leave a year. That excluded the days when schools were closed.

Sadesmo condemned Sadtu president Thobile Ntola’s threats to make the country ungovernable, he said.

“Let it be clear that we support the need for teaching conditions to be drastically improved, but we call for progress to be achieved in a civilised manner that is worthy of the profession,” said Hlengwa.

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