Sadtu members to embark on a national go-slow

By Drum Digital
08 April 2013

SA Democratic Teachers Union members will embark on a national go-slow when schools re-open this week, the union said on Monday.

This was to press for the resignation of the Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga, and her director general, Bobby Soobrayan, Sadtu general secretary Mugwena Maluleke said.

Inland and coastal schools were expected to reopen on Tuesday, after the holidays.

Maluleke said Motshekga's department had also not honoured a 2011 agreement to increase the salaries of matric paper markers.

"The minister [Motshekga] is failing the nation and she continues to undermine collective bargaining. Her leadership is affecting the quality of education," said Maluleke.

According to Maluleke, teachers will only be reporting to schools to teach.

They will not perform extra duties, such as marking, hosting departmental visits or attending workshops.

"Supplementary exams that were written in February will not be marked. They are usually attended to in April, " Maluleke said.

Teachers were up in arms earlier this year, when government proposed that education be made an essential service, making it unlawful to strike.

The department's Hope Mokgatlhe could not immediately comment on the looming go-slow.

-by Sapa

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