Teacher’s union fights classroom over-crowding

2016-05-25 06:00
PHOTO: njabulo cele Sadtu members picket outside the Department of Education offices demanding the department deals with overcrowding at schools, among other issues.

PHOTO: njabulo cele Sadtu members picket outside the Department of Education offices demanding the department deals with overcrowding at schools, among other issues.

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THE South African Democratic Teachers Union) members in the Pietermaritzburg region picketed outside the Depart- ment­ of Education offices along Jabu Ndlovu and Burger streets recently, calling for investigations into the alleged illegal hiring of teachers and overcrowding of classrooms, which they want investigated immediately.

Sadtu provincial secretary Dolly Caluza said that classroom overcrowding is more prevalent at schools in the townships and rural areas.

“Our teachers are struggling a lot, especially when it comes to overcrowding and the dislocation of the post-provisioning norm.

“In some schools you find that there are 100 pupils in one classroom and it is difficult for pupils to focus and even ask questions because the environment does not allow for a teacher-pupil connection.

“The set-up puts a lot of pressure on pupils to accept the situation.

“In some schools there is no workshop that could help pupils choose their subjects carefully towards what they intend to do after matric,” said Caluza, adding that the majority of the pupils end up doing subjects that are irrelevant to their career choices.

She said some of the teachers are not qualified to teach.

“That kills our education system as a country.

“You’ve got teachers that travel long distances from their home to school, but they earn peanuts.

“The number of teachers must not depend on the number of subjects each school provides, it must depend on the number of pupils each school has.

“We can’t have 70 pupils in one classroom just because they have a few subjects,” she added.

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