Sadtu and Basic Education reach consensus

2013-05-07 00:00

THE South African Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu) had called off its “work to rule” protest, the union announced yesterday.

The Basic Education Department and Sadtu have arrived at a consensus after a lengthy disagreement.

In a joint statement, the department’s spokesperson, Panyaza Lesufi, said that their discussions pertaining to the disputes had been productive.

“The solutions were influenced by the best interest of the child, and … the parties unequivocally affirm the critical role that educators play in the provision of quality education,” Lesufi said.

He said that both parties acknowledged the importance of collective bargaining, which brought together the collective wisdom of teachers and education personnel in improving employment conditions.

Sadtu members had been on a national go-slow since pupils returned from the Easter holiday and they took to the streets last month calling for the resignation of Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga and her director-general, Bobby Soobrayan.

The department said the allegations of corruption levelled against Soobrayan and other officials in the department would be referred to the Department of Public Service and Administration.

“These matters shall be investigated and dealt with diligently as a matter of urgency,” he promised.

The department said it would swiftly address the issues of rural allowance, markers and delivery of learning and teaching support material (LTSM).

It would also address matters of infrastructure plans and projected time frames for school buildings, water, sanitation and electricity across all provinces.

“The parties commit themselves to optimal collaboration in enhancing and improving quality education,” added the statement.

Sadtu’s deputy general secretary, Nkosana Dolopi, said the union had given the Presidency 21 days to address its grievances and it was satisfied that there was “work being done”.

Dolopi confirmed to The Witness that the union had suspended its go-slow.

“You can see that our demands have been attended to.

“The rural allowance has been reinstated, there’s delivery of LTSM and infrastructure …

“There’s commitment and that needs to be appreciated. So, there’s hope,” he said.

However, Dolopi said the union was hopeful that Soobrayan would be dismissed for wasting public funds.

“You’ll remember that there has been no lessons that were stopped, so teachers will continue teaching,” Dolopi said.

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