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E Cape teachers not striking, yet

2012-01-24 12:20

Johannesburg - Members of the SA Democratic Teachers' Union (Sadtu) in the Eastern Cape were not on strike, but would consider the step if their demands were not met soon, a spokesperson for the union said on Tuesday.

"We are still at school, but we are engaged in a programme of protest activities," said Mncekeleli Ndongeni.

The union was unhappy about long hours and poor working conditions, which were symptoms of poor leadership by the province's head of education, Modidima Mannya.

"For him to be in charge of so many children's futures, it's a disaster," Ndongeni said.

Last week Sadtu members complained that retrenchment of some temporary teachers left permanent teachers overworked, impacting on the quality of education the province's pupils received.

The Eastern Cape education department was not immediately available to comment on Tuesday.

Last week spokesperson Loyiso Pulumani said teachers were annually redistributed according to student intake numbers and subjects offered by schools.

Every year this was a point of contention between the department and the union, he said.

Comments
  • Thelma - 2012-01-24 12:32

    OMW....The year has only began what are we going to be faced with by May 2012!!!!!

  • Phumi - 2012-01-24 12:39

    Just like we bulldozed to rubberstamp the policy of making scorpions illegal in parliement. Lets use the same vigour and energy to de-unionise the teachers into essential service! We may lose in the short run but it will be a victory for an African child in genaral and blacks in particular! Show us leadership Mr. President and we will show you a second term! Amandla!!

      Jason - 2012-01-24 13:45

      Phumi, you and these teachers have just about as much common sense and brains as a f*cken tennis ball - go back to school and ask for a refund on your standard 4 year, clearly you failed. PS when refering to "we" do you mean your anc comrades?? Id like to advise that when they do something, its not for us as South Africans, its for them, and there connections only, catch a wake up!!

      Cindy - 2012-01-24 16:10

      @Phumi, I can't say I agree with the disbanding of the Scorpions BUT to de-unionise EC teachers would be a major step forward for teaching and learning in the Province. Half the problem with eduction in the province is that SADTU has far too much say in the running of the department and use their power to have MEC's and DG's who try to make postive interventions removed from office

  • Phumi - 2012-01-24 12:48

    Just like we bulldozed to rubberstamp the policy of making scorpions illegal in parliement. Lets use the same vigour and energy to de-unionise the teachers into essential service! We may lose in the short run but it will be a victory for an African child in genaral and blacks in particular! Show us leadership Mr. President and we will show you a second term! Amandla!!

      Cameronl - 2012-01-24 14:44

      idiot, it`s pretty obvious that you are colour blind and can only see the colour black, there are other colours in this nation too numbnuts. Oh by the way, while the ANcorruption are still in power, we will keep on sliding down till there is nothing left for them to screw up! Dont know if you have noticed but we'll be lucky if there are even schools left for the teachers to strike over come 5 years time.

  • Brent - 2012-01-24 12:53

    STOP PAYMENT OF SALARIES.

  • Shirley - 2012-01-24 13:02

    They are at work but still "engaged in some protest activities". No wonder the standard of education is so low in this country! How could the circumstances around teaching have changed so radically from December last year till now? Lazy,undedicated,selfish individuals busy breaking the already over stained back of the education department!

  • CarlS - 2012-01-24 13:05

    Fire them all. We have a HUGE unemployment problem. Hire people willing to work. Get rid of the fking unions already. They're killing our economy.

  • Ryan - 2012-01-24 13:17

    I think its time for the ANationalCancer to be relieved of the E. Cape and for the DA to step in.

  • lindz.kok - 2012-01-24 13:23

    when is zuma going on stike?

      Nkulekweni - 2012-01-24 13:36

      Isnt he on a perpertual go slow?

      lindz.kok - 2012-01-24 13:46

      ha ha ha sorry my bad i forgot about his slow strike policy

  • Nkulekweni - 2012-01-24 13:35

    Long hours!? What do they do in those hours..ceertainly if the results are anything to do by ..the majority of them are not teaching. Or is is as they point out the rotten leadership. They should strike against corruption and rotten leadership. Perhaps then the long hours they put in will be visible in the quality of results.

  • Maverick82 - 2012-01-24 13:37

    Omw are we already entering the "I demaaaaaand" time of the year

  • Lesley - 2012-01-24 18:23

    Alwaysn demanding but never part of the solution and they expect to be paid more?

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