Minister indulges Sadtu

2014-01-12 10:43


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Johannesburg - Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga made a point of thanking the unions for their contributions towards making the 2013 matric pass rate a success – a move construed to be directed at the biggest and most powerful union in the country, the SA Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu).

According to the Sunday Times, her gratitude had far more to do with the union’s strategic importance as a Cosatu affiliate ahead of elections than it had to do with any contribution to education.

This comes after the union consistently blocks efforts to improve the quality of teaching and marking of papers in the country.

Sadtu has in the past blocked Motshekga’s attempts to introduce competency tests for matric markers as well as the introduction of inspectors in classes to assess teachers’ performance.

Research shows that many teachers know less about a subject than the pupils they are supposed to be teaching.

The Anglican Church of Southern Africa has meanwhile called on its members to either leave the union or transform it into a body that serves the cause of education.

Praise from Sadtu

Sadtu on Tuesday morning welcomed the 2013 matric pass rate announced by Motshekga.

"The many hours spent by the candidates... not only in the final school year but in the entire schooling life... has been well spent," said SA Democratic Teachers' Union general secretary Mugwena Maluleke.

"The results can be attributed to dedication, tenacity and hard work that were trademarks of our fallen world icon Tata Nelson Mandela."

The union praised teachers for their part.

"They are the real heroes and heroines... they have managed to play their part in ensuring that the doors of learning remain open to the African working class child."

Motshekga on Monday announced a 78.2% pass rate for the 2013 matric class. In 2009, when Motshekga took over as minister, the pass rate was 60.6%. It has climbed steadily since then.

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