Concerns over teachers bunking to attend court

2011-06-22 10:53

The SA Chamber of Commerce and Industry is concerned at teachers bunking school to attend court cases involving Sadtu members, it said today.

“This comes at a time when there is a critical skills shortage, when youth unemployment is at an all-time high and when the recent diagnostic report of the national planning commission recognises that the education system is failing South African youth,” chamber president Chose Choeu said.

“The lack of commitment by teachers to play their role contributes significantly to the obstacles that the youth face in their search for rewarding careers,” he said.

More than 50 teachers bunked school yesterday to attend the court appearance of SA Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu) Gauteng central region chairman Moss Senye, a school principal.

He appeared with teacher Ofentse Phehle for allegedly assaulting a 17-year-old pupil.

In March, Sadtu members blocked the entrance to Meadowlands Magistrates Court before Senye’s appearance.

Last week, the case was moved to Protea Magistrates Court because of security concerns.

Choeu called on the department of education to take disciplinary action against the teachers.

It also called on Sadtu not to condone members’ actions which “place the future of those in their care at risk”.

Teachers had to put the needs of their pupils first, said Choeu.

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.