Sadtu: Reinstate fired teachers

2011-01-25 21:35

Johannesburg - The SA Democratic Teachers Union demanded on Tuesday that the basic education department urgently reinstate temporary teachers who were fired in the Eastern Cape, an official said.

"All temporary educators whose services have been terminated (some of them verbally and others silently) must be reinstated as a matter of extreme urgency," said Sadtu provincial secretary Fezeka Loliwe in a statement.

The union's pronouncement follow reports that the province's basic education department terminated more than 4 219 temporary teachers' contracts due to a financial crisis.

The department was expected to overspend its budget by R800m.

It has also suspended its pupil transport and nutrition programmes due to financial constraints.

"A teacher at Gobindlovu J.S.S. in Libode received an appointment letter in January 2010, with the last sentence saying: "your service is required until the post is advertised'," Loliwe said.

That teacher was also not paid a salary in January.

"As Sadtu we cannot fold our arms when the education of the children from the poor and working class communities is being sabotaged by those who take home a huge chunk from the tax payers' coffers."

The crisis in the province has caught the attention of basic education minister Angie Motshekga who will be on a two-day fact-finding mission from Wednesday.

Motshekga and her deputy minister Enver Surty will meet the premier of the Eastern Cape, the province's director general, Makupula and his top management, to assess the extent of the problems.

They will also look at how the ministry could support the province.

Motshekga will brief all education MECs at the Council of Education Ministers (CEM) and make public her findings public on Friday.

  • Rasta - 2011-01-25 22:03

    Well maybe if some off the teachers - spent some time teaching instead of running around in some like mob induced - clueless - frenzy, we as the public would want to take up thier plight! But most are just plain useless!

  • Wernerkwane - 2011-01-25 23:10

    They have stopped the children's food and transport schemes due to a financial crisis! One can only wonder if the minister has cut her salary, or entertainment budget, or trips overseas etc etc. The ANC is busy bankrupting this country. But like I've said before You get what you vote for Viva! ANC Viva!

  • pig - 2011-01-26 06:49

    They used the money for the world cup party, 17 million

  • Will99 - 2011-01-26 07:54

    Maybe if the department didn't steal all the money some of the temp teachers could have been permanent by now.

  • DeonL - 2011-01-26 08:32

    Cosatu is to blaim due to high demands and the increase of Salaries. Who is going to pay the + 4000 teachers?

  • Beverley - 2011-01-26 08:43

    Hope they check if they are actually "legitimate" teachers......

  • willie werkie - 2011-01-26 08:46

    Nobody does more to sabotage the education of children from the poor and working class than Sadtu.

  • Horza - 2011-01-26 08:48

    ? "The crisis in the province has caught the attention of basic education minister Angie Motshekga who will be on a two-day fact-finding mission from Wednesday"

      PB - 2011-01-26 09:54

      Ja, and then :- 10 people will be appointed to draw up a statement (which will say exactly what we already know - the moneys went into private pockets) This will take another 10 months and cost a fortune and NOTHING will be done to those people who benefited. The whole issue of discipline, accountability and foresight does not fit into ANC operations.

      SaintBruce - 2011-01-26 10:06

      I think you have it figured Horza. The private media investigates and finds out what is really going on and THEN the Minister sees the report and decides to go and have a look. Basically the Media is doing the oversight job of the Ministers who are paid wonderful salaries of a Million Rand or more per year to do just that - oversight in their portfolios. Catch 22 - silence the media then how will these folks ever know what is going on inside their own departments? Why isn't the Auditor general going along to check what the Eastern Cape budget was spent on? Oh - over a 5 year period this area 'lost, could not account for, misappropriated' R 80 Billion. Therefore the AG knows he will find nothing to investigate. The problem with the poor is that they don't know enough to even realise they have been shafted by the very foks who 'say' they are working for them. Very Sick Indeed.

  • michaelp1 - 2011-01-26 09:05

    ANC = Anarchy. Nepotism. Corruption. I don't lay claim to thinking that one up. But I do think it's very apt.

  • gg.gugus - 2011-01-26 10:05

    Sadtu teachers become worse by Day,

  • emmamimie - 2011-01-26 10:24

    If these teachers are more educated and more dedicated then the ones at schools, very well reinstate them but if they are going to strike and down tools at any given moment dont. This country requires dedicated Teachers and Learners, we are putting uneducated people out therein the job market who will be entitled to a job because of the colour of their skin and the clever ones are going to have certificates that do not give the correct percentages of pass what an injustice to these students.

  • TurboChris - 2011-01-26 11:41

    Zuma to fight corruption, where is he now? why is there no money? There was before, where is it now?

  • bill - 2011-01-26 12:23

    How , who stole the begging bowl ?

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