E Cape teachers' strike affects pupils

2012-02-08 13:49

Johannesburg - School pupils are bearing the brunt of an administrative crisis and a teacher strike in the Eastern Cape education department, a parent body said on Wednesday.

"The strikes are just an excuse and the rural children and poor children are the ones who suffer," said the National Association of Parents in School Governance.

Chairperson Mahlomola Kekana said education in the Eastern Cape needed to be tackled holistically.

The SA Democratic Teachers' Union (Sadtu) in the Eastern Cape has been on a go-slow since the school year began, claiming it had been overburdened because of the reshuffling of temporary teachers.

Provincial education department spokesperson Loyiso Pulumani said the redeployment of teachers was an annual occurrence.

The process was determined by school intake numbers and the need to redistribute teachers according to where their subjects of expertise were needed.

Sadtu has embarked on protests at education offices in the province and locked staff out of the head office in Zwelitsha on Tuesday.

It demanded the removal of department head Modidima Mannya, claiming he had caused a range of problems in the department.


Kekana said that while there were administrative problems in the department, it appeared that Sadtu might have a political agenda in campaigning for the removal of Mannya.

"We don't believe firing Mannya is a solution. There was mismanagement before Mannya was appointed," he said.

"We strongly believe the Eastern Cape education department cannot resolve its problems [and that] the national government should take over the administration."

Kekana said shortages of teaching support material needed to be fixed, and engagement was required between all levels of the department, parents, and governing bodies.

Sadtu's strike was worsening rather than resolving the situation, he said.

"Teachers are supposed to be like parents to our children when they are at school... we appeal to Sadtu to return to class."

  • Gerhard - 2012-02-08 13:55

    And the strikes begin again!! They'll all be back at work two days before school closes, so they can get paid for when they go on holiday.

  • Willem - 2012-02-08 14:00

    The previous year the results improved when the teacher were striking, so I think some of these teachers and their union should think again, one can strike yourself out of a job, especial if you are not to good at your job. I think the matric lessons on TV were very good and showed up most of the teachers.

  • NrGx - 2012-02-08 14:05

    hardly a month back at school and they are striking already. you "teachers" disgust me! If your child was in your class, would prevent them from an education because you "feel like striking". well I guess that could be a stupid question!

  • bernpm - 2012-02-08 14:05

    SADTU seems to be the main pest in the SA education system. Do as Platinum mine did and fire the lot participating in this illegal strike.

  • bernpm - 2012-02-08 14:07

    "...E Cape teachers' strike affects pupils..." WOW!!

  • Craig - 2012-02-08 14:12

    "Teachers' strike affects pupils". What a remarkable headline/observation. It would be interesting to hear about the teachers' strike that doesn't affect pupils who already have inadequate resources.

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  • Heibrin - 2012-02-08 14:17

    I see strike season opened early this year. Pity it doesn't work the same as duck season.

  • Juan - 2012-02-08 14:37

    Hmmm teachers are at a go-slow. Working at only 1% effort as opposed to 10% effort. At 10% effort we buckle under the "pressure". The African work ethic sucks and it shows when we compare the quality of our state education system to those of other developing countries. Way below par

  • Bryan - 2012-02-08 15:10

    'Eastern Cape teachers strike affects pupils'..... Really? Are you sure? Scraping the preverbial barrel news24!!!

  • Johnny - 2012-02-08 15:27

    "administrative problems" = total F**K-UP !! They will never get it right with their attitudes, slow go's etc!! I see future generations still not educated...

  • Grimett - 2012-02-08 16:43

    it is actions such as these that make students lose respect for teachers, they have the longest holidays,they work fewer hours than most people,some have to be called out of staffrooms by students to go and teach.A bells for those who are still passionate about their jobs, to the rest,i recommend they submit their cv's at horror affairs.

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