Sadtu members plan national go-slow

2013-04-08 11:23

SA Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu) members will embark on a national go-slow when schools reopen this week.

This was to press for the resignation of the minister of basic education, Angie Motshekga, and her director-general, Bobby Soobrayan, said Sadtu general secretary Mugwena Maluleke.

Inland and coastal schools were expected to reopen tomorrow.

Maluleke said Motshekga’s department had also not honoured a 2011 agreement to increase the salaries of matric paper markers.

“The minister (Motshekga) is failing the nation and she continues to undermine collective bargaining. Her leadership is affecting the quality of education,” said Maluleke.

According to Maluleke, teachers will only be reporting to schools to teach.

They will not perform extra duties, such as marking, hosting departmental visits or attending workshops.

“Supplementary exams that were written in February will not be marked. They are usually attended to in April,” Maluleke said.

Teachers were up in arms earlier this year when government proposed that education be made an essential service, making it unlawful to strike.

The department’s Hope Mokgatlhe could not immediately comment on the looming go-slow.

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