Sadtu questions matric plan

2010-09-15 22:16

Johannesburg - The South African Democratic Teachers' Union (Sadtu) is concerned that the department of education's recovery plan is targeted at helping only matrics catch up on work missed because of the public service strike, it said on Wednesday.

"We believe that such a narrow approach to the recovery process will further perpetuate the high failure rate in Grade 12 in years to come as it will rob those in lower grades of proper grounding to prepare them for Grade 12," Sadtu said in a statement.

"It has always been our belief that passing Grade 12 was largely dependent on good preparation at lower levels.

"Therefore, a proper recovery programme will require that all grades receive the same kind of attention as Grade 12."

Sadtu said teachers were eager to be part of the recovery plan and were willing to work during the holidays, but felt that they were being "brushed aside" by the department.

The union also sent its condolences to the family of 17-year-old Nontsikelelo Anna Nokela, who was hit by a ricocheting bullet fired by a policeman during a protest against preliminary matric exams in the Free State.

The department and the minister needed to discuss concerns raised by the Congress of South African Students and find a solution to the crisis with preliminary exams, Sadtu said.