Education lets union down over matrics

2009-07-02 00:00

THE matric intervention programme appears to be off to a shaky start. The South African Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu) is accusing the KwaZulu-Natal Education Department of not honouring its financial commitment.

In a statement released on Tuesday, Sadtu provincial secretary Mbuyiseni Mathonsi said the union approached the department in February about a joint venture to reverse the poor matric results.

But when they approached the superintendent general, Cassius Lubisi, for a small portion of the promised R20 million to fund the transport of pupils for the winter programmes currently under way in six districts, the department was not able to do this.

Mathonsi said Sadtu contributed more than half a million rand to the programme. The union had asked the department to match this amount.

“Sadtu was willing to pay for the venue, the tutors [and] catering for learners, but because the department has abused departmental funds, Sadtu now has to foot the [entire] bill,” he said.

He added that Lubisi has“lied” to the media since his department is running on a “deficit budget”.

Education spokesman Sihle Mlotshwa said the money Sadtu referred to was already being put to use for the printing and development of support materials.

The winter schools programme started on Tuesday.

In the midlands, the high school venues for the winter schools are KwaMncane, Bongudunga, Mthombo, Mphelandaba and Zibukezulu.

Mathonsi said the union will be working with the Moses Kotane Institute for Maths and Science, Maskew Miller Longman and MacMillan publishers.

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