Poor school conditions on agenda

2011-03-14 00:00

MEMBERS of the Siyaqhubeka branch of the South African Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu) converged on the Port Shepstone Civic Centre on Thursday for their annual general meeting and to elect new leaders.

The gathering saw some of the executive committee members returned to their positions unopposed.

Chairperson Mandla Chiya, who was re-elected unopposed, thanked all the delegates for their support for their elected leaders.

“We will be very committed to the activities of the branch and take our mandate from the branch members and province to transform workers,” he told them. “I have never seen a strong leadership like this and now we have a challenge to create new leaders.”

Chiya said school principals should not oppress teachers in their schools, adding that he was shocked and disappointed to hear of unbecoming incidents when the union visited schools last year.

“We were very disappointed with what we saw; we will craft a programme of action to deal with that,” he said.

Chiya was referring to a visit to a site where a teacher was teaching pupils under a tree.

He warned teachers that no teacher should administer corporal punishment at school.

“Corporal punishment was abolished in South Africa; please do not administer corporal punishment,” he said.

Ugu District ANC chairperson Sithembiso Cele said teachers inspire people to change their lives.

“The teacher I will remember taught me the value of respect, integrity, responsibility and perseverance,” said Cele.

“Education is one of the 10 priorities of the government. As a district leadership we stand to support national government on prioritising education.”

The membership of the branch has increased from 333 to 437.

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