If only unions could call a spade a spade

2009-11-03 12:27

THE recent furore surrounding the pardoning of the so-called Reitz

Four at the University of Free State has brought to light a disturbing practice

by both politicians and unionists – the tendency of barking at the wrong tree

and populist behaviours.

I say this because in the same week that the furore unfolded,

Cutting Edge, a TV programme on SABC1, flighted the negligent behaviour of

teachers at Mpeko Senior Secondary School in Mthatha, the Eastern Cape. In a

nutshell, the programme showed how teachers simply neglect their teaching

duties, and instead prefer to attend to South African Democratic Teachers’ Union

(Sadtu) concerns or engage in disruptive campaigns against the school


School children confessed that they go for days, and even months

without lessons as teachers prefer not to do what they are hired to do.

If the Blade Nzimandes, the Zwelinzima Vavis, the Julius Malemas,

Cosatu and the ANC had been genuinely concerned about the welfare of South

African school-going pupils, then the case of Mpeko school with a 14% matric

pass rate last year would have warranted more attention than the pardoning of

four silly white boys.

It is funny how no one from the ANC, Cosatu or Sadtu have strongly

voiced concerns about the plight of the children who are writing examinations

without being taught for almost a year.

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