Exams in crossfire

2017-10-25 06:02
Secretary general of Nehawu, Zola Saphetha (left), addresses the media on Thursday (19/10). With him is the provincial chairperson, Sabata Jonas.Photo: Boipelo Mere

Secretary general of Nehawu, Zola Saphetha (left), addresses the media on Thursday (19/10). With him is the provincial chairperson, Sabata Jonas.Photo: Boipelo Mere

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Union members have threatened to disrupt matric examinations and The state of consciousness of union members still remains questionable after they, bring the Northern Cape to a standstill until their demands about a corrupt-free province are met.

The health sector is also under threat as the National Education Health and Allied Workers Union (Nehawu) plans to embark on a mass action to mobilise the South African Democratic Teachers Union (Sadtu) and student organisations in November.

On Thursday (19/10), the secretary general of ­Nehawu, Zola Saphetha, consolidated their ­programmes ahead of the mass action on 19 No­vember.

In an attempt to fight for a corruption-free province, Nehawu representatives engaged in an extensive programme of visiting union branches.

The aim was to ask members about their working conditions and listen to their demands in order to find amicable solutions to the challenges facing them at work.

According to Nehawu, outcomes of the Northern Cape Legislature, the Kimberley Hospital and the Department of Education prompted them to organise a provincial day of action.

This took the form of a march against gross corruption and wasteful expenditure.

The Department of Education raised concerns regarding the looming disruption of matric examinations.

An estimated 10 518 matriculants in the Northern Cape started to write the exams on Monday (23/10).

While the department believed it was prepared for the 2017 National Senior Certificate Examination, union members have sung a different tune in threatening to disrupt the exams.

Nehawu disputed reports that the Department of Education is in the process of discussing a way forward and Saphetha emphasised the union’s aversion to empty promises.

The union intends to frustrate the government through intensifying its planned mass action programme throughout the country from the first week of November until the planned mass action.

Saphetha said Nehawu will not compromise the workers’ interests.

emphasised that they will hold the bull by its horns in pursuit of workers interests without compromise.

“We want to say to the ANC that it must not take workers for granted. After all, we are the ones who have done to put them in power.

“They must remember that our members are not only invigilators during the exams, but they are also distributors of these exam papers at provincial and national level,” he said.

“It will not only be about the exams – it will send a message about the service in hospitals.”

And it will not only be about the exams but about the services in hospitals as well of which pupils are going to suffer.He said the problems in hospitals were more urgent than exams.

“When you die in a hospital, you cannot get your life back. In the education sector, however, programmes can be arranged to get learners back up to speed.”

“It is also going to be about the services in hospitals.

They must remember that our members are not only invigilators during the exams, but they are also distributors of these exam papers at provincial and national level. – Zola Saphetha

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