Motshekga won't comment on go-slow

2013-04-08 11:50

Johannesburg - Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has opted to remain silent on a looming go-slow by teachers.

"The minister will not comment on the matter," her spokesperson Hope Mokgatlhe said on Monday.

The SA Democratic Teachers' Union (Sadtu) said on Monday its members would embark on a national go-slow when inland schools reopened on Tuesday. Coastal schools reopened on Monday.

They would report to schools only to teach, and would not perform extra duties, such as marking, hosting departmental visits, or attending workshops, said Sadtu general secretary Mugwena Maluleke.

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

According to Maluleke, teachers wanted the resignation of Motshekga and education department director general Bobby Soobrayan.

"The minister [Motshekga] is failing the nation and she continues to undermine collective bargaining. Her leadership is affecting the quality of education," he said.

The education department had also failed to honour a 2011 agreement to increase the salaries of matric exam markers.

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


  • Tuco Angeleyes - 2013-04-08 12:00

    They where on a go slow already, just how much slower are they talking about? they have stopped that's what it is.

      Anthony Rodriques - 2013-04-08 15:29

      Angie is doing a go-slow on commenting.

      Geoff O'Connell - 2013-04-08 15:41

      If they go any slower, the whole system will start marching backwards. Solution: Don't fire her, deploy her and Phiyega on the frontline with our troops in the DRC, at least the taxpayers will get some value for their money wasted on their salaries!!!

  • HerpDerp - 2013-04-08 12:01

    I'll even provide the gasoline if you (and probably) will burn down the school and then complain of lack of school resources. Its not like those teachers care anyway, always demanding the least amount of work for the highest pay. Good job ANC, after 19 years you still have not solved the education crisis.

      M0le - 2013-04-08 12:03

      what crisis;)

      Jurie Nel - 2013-04-08 12:18

      Alex, where do you hear the drivel you spew?

      HerpDerp - 2013-04-08 12:19

      Why are you calling it Democratic ANC if you keep re-electing recycled candidates all the time? Anyway... If your statement is true, please have a drive around Alexandra and Diepsloot townships and ask how many people are educated and have jobs? If the cANCer was so great in improving the lives of its citizens there would be no such thing as poverty jack**s, your argument is invalid.

      jacowium - 2013-04-08 12:20

      Alex, maybe you should make it clear you're typing in the sarcasm font!

      lacrimosewolf - 2013-04-08 12:33

      @Alex Ndoo - only if you consider being at the bottom 30 in the world for education as 'world class'.

      Mc Segal - 2013-04-08 12:51

      Some times people miss the sarcasm....

      Jurie Nel - 2013-04-08 13:09

      Do you really think so, Mac?

      HerpDerp - 2013-04-08 13:20

      The scary thing is i dont even think alex is using sarcasm.

      Ernica Stanford - 2013-04-08 13:36

      Alex- I'm also positive that it's sarcasm at it's best, cos I started giggling straight away. Oxford and Yale lining up to get their hands on our students, some of which are 24yrs old and still in school! And more than the fair share of pregnant students. I'm sur they want university graduates that are ready for pension and motherhood!

      Esther Coetzee - 2013-04-08 15:31

      Nevermind solving the education crisis, they caused the problem

  • Heinrich Spreeth - 2013-04-08 12:01

    And in 10 years , all the uneducated living in shacks wants to know. "WHY do I not have job!!!???"

      M0le - 2013-04-08 12:06

      They want the money,just not prepared to work for it.

  • Jacqui Daane Van Rensburg - 2013-04-08 12:07

    You need brains to comment on something

  • Jane Ramaisa - 2013-04-08 12:09

    Isnt teachin n markin part of teacher's job discription? Hulle kan somer nt teach coz it wil b in vain!!

  • Chris Everson - 2013-04-08 12:12

    Fire the f%$#ing lot of them ..... they're at the core of the rot in our country - the lack of proper education under these monsters - the education ministry and SADTU - will drag South Africa back into the last century.

      David Khumalo - 2013-04-08 17:28

      @Chris, that is exactly what cANCer wants, keep their voters dumb so that they do not question them, just accept that my (pathetic) leaders knows what best for me. Our children are going to be if not the dumbest generation that this country has ever seen.

  • Vaughan - 2013-04-08 12:15

    Like the FNB advert said, the "brainless" minister.

  • Joe Smit - 2013-04-08 12:16

    Dumb and dumber.....

  • John Smith - 2013-04-08 12:22

    Sadtu members are always on a go slow.

  • Hein Heine - 2013-04-08 12:25

    People need to understand why teachers want her out... She has changed the entire structure of the school system without having done any research or ever being in a class room. There is so much workshops teacher need to attend now due to the changes and the problem is all these workshops is in teaching time. When you get to the workshop the person running it isn't trained or doesn't show up. She changed the curriculum but there is no budget for the new books... And the books that were printed finds their way in the river. At the moment a math teacher needs to teach out of 4 different books, and write in 5 different books. If a child misbehaves the teacher is not allowed to even speak to the child. The main problem is, when an increase was decided upon everybody was satisfied then SHE changed the terms... Housing changed... Increase increasement changed to be less... I say it is fine make education an essential service, but then it needs to be in other countries where essential service providers don't pay tax...

      Renier Lubbe - 2013-04-08 18:18

      Hein you are correct but there is so much more to add and I will have to write a book to say it all. Here are a few points to ponder: For a teacher to do all the work that are expected from him/her, he/she will have to work till 23:00 every day + some time over weekends without additional compensation. This requirement by the way is against the Labour Law. Some official training is done during school holidays. School holidays are spent on preparations for the next term. Yet everyone is keen to point to the "working hours" of teachers Most teachers use computers at home bought out of own pocket. If necessary they go on computer courses paid out of own pocket. Cartridges for printing at home are bought out of own pocket. The Internet connection at home to do research is paid by the teacher. Software, used at home, are paid for by the teacher. The low morale of teachers and their lack of commitment must be put before the door of the Department because all requests are met with promises or threats.

      Hein Heine - 2013-04-08 21:42

      Renier! I thank you... You said exactly the other bits I didn't want to say. People only think a teacher works while their kids are at school. The marking... And admin is more than one person should handle.. If you are a teacher Renier! Good luck for the new term!

      Renier Lubbe - 2013-04-08 23:06

      Hein, fortunately I am not a teacher. I forgot to mention that 90% of the complaining parents do not attend parent days/evenings/mornings or the yearly general meetings held at every school.

  • Uli Mahlangu - 2013-04-08 12:26

    The go slow only affects our pupils.

  • Graham Jehoma - 2013-04-08 12:29

    does that face look like she can comment?!!! mams angie pls take the package and run pls....clueless is an understatement

  • Sthembiso Promise Maseko - 2013-04-08 12:30

    SA school teachers will be staging a go slow tomorrow. The minister will be giving an award to the student who can spot the difference.

      Ernica Stanford - 2013-04-08 13:42

      I think these are the funniest comments I've read of any previous articles.

  • Patrick Massey-Hicks - 2013-04-08 12:33

    When your whole life is a go-slow, you can't comprehend going any slower

      Mike Hansonn - 2013-04-08 13:34

      hahahaha too true.

  • johan.grobler.12327 - 2013-04-08 12:38

    New question for TV gameshow Who wants to be a millionaire. Name the worst government in the world today. Is it a. Somalia b. Zimbabwe c. South Africa d. North Korea.

      Frogbiscuit - 2013-04-08 13:43

      The correct answer would be C. South Africa

  • Tiggy Mabis - 2013-04-08 12:40

    But Sadtu must tell us something else,better other than marking agreements and ECD issue. Nowadays the simpler way to express yourself is : He/She must resign

  • Mike Hansonn - 2013-04-08 12:43

    well you tried to wing it and now you should face the fact that you arent up to the job and never will be......the anc cadres have no sense of obligation to society but only for their own pockets and position in the farse of a political party that is the anc,how pathetic I feel i can barf and soil myself at the same time:)

  • Winston En Ria Worthington - 2013-04-08 12:44

    Golden opportunity and all the more reason for Home Schooling??

      Samuel Slyme - 2013-04-08 13:54

      Good point. This also makes it possible to select the best possible examination body and avoid the examinations set, marked and regularly dumbed-down by the local deployees.

  • Nigel Burgess - 2013-04-08 12:45

    Will it ever be possible to just put differences aside to ensure we do not vote this shower of idiots back into power. The stakes are too high. This is not a sing along school camp, this is a country with real people, real needs and aspirations. Please try to understand the serious impact your future vote has. We cannot go on like this. Even if you are a racist, black or white, please, you can continue to hate each other later on but let's first make sure there is a later on, because the ANC seem hell bent on destroying everything including OUR future. There are some things one can live with, but the education department and health department cannot remain in this state of dismal failure. It is not acceptable. The ANC have hijacked virtually all departments with their political cadre appointment system and the results are dismal and shocking to say the least. SA - we need to take back what is actually ours and get things back on track (ALL RACES). Only one way now, and that's get rid of this corrupt government. You can hate me and despise my people as much as you like because of the past, but what about your children for heavens sakes. Enough is enough. Surely blind loyalty cannot be accepted at the expense of your childrens education or the health of your family if you're not on medical aid. Enough is enough. Vote to save SA.

      Mike Hansonn - 2013-04-08 13:29

      expertly said.....

      Frogbiscuit - 2013-04-08 13:45

      Round of applause including standing ovation. Well said!

  • nawhal.majietarmien - 2013-04-08 12:51

    the teachers are right, angie didn't learn a thing from last years debacle and the same thing is happening, she should get out

  • Alan Govender - 2013-04-08 12:54

    She has "chut up"

  • Democrazy - 2013-04-08 13:00

    I'm at a loss here! The Children are our future and these mindless adults play games - mine is bigger than yours...seriously man!!!

  • Lucky Ndzoyiya - 2013-04-08 13:03

    crazy SADTU and Mrs Minister

  • AndrĂ© Van Wyk - 2013-04-08 13:09

    Is it because she's been on a go-slow ever since her appointment as minister?

  • Bobstar F Takalani - 2013-04-08 13:12

    Angie should hav stepped down long way back now kids hav 2 suffer

  • Lesego Victor Phetla - 2013-04-08 13:13

    How can they expect her to comment knowing how incompetent she is?Any attempt by her will expose her further.It's clear she's being protected by the president

      Silas Mapuroma - 2013-04-08 13:31

      What Sadtu do better for our Children? 30% pass mark? or Improve their salary and lower the students Passing mark? Our Bantu Education was much better attended by students and teachers.The Democratic Education worse, somehow i feel we employ unemployed skilled people from different sectors to teach our children, than SADTU schools. 20 years in Democracy, but still in struggle for Education.Please leave poor woman alone, check with Unionists

  • Noble Goliath - 2013-04-08 13:16

    she says it best, when she says nothing at all

      HerpDerp - 2013-04-08 13:26

      isnt that a josh groban song? xD

  • Victor van der Walt - 2013-04-08 13:17

    Ndoo world class standard is not a 30% pass for matric. Oy you must have one of those.

  • Ben - 2013-04-08 13:22

    Ah please get her out of there! Useless! Give our basic education a chance!

  • vernando.rufftus - 2013-04-08 13:30

    Man undermine the rule of women, why don`t they support motsekga is pure hate, same with piyekga. i take this as beign cowardly and scared that woman want you to do right. and you want to be izinduna(HAHAHAHA)

      Tersia Louw - 2013-04-08 14:44

      Men undermine the "rule" of women? Even women can find no sisterhood with the likes of Angie, Tina, Lulu, Riah or Nosiviwe; not because they're women but because their competence is questionable. Appointing women to positions of power and responsibility SIMPLY BECAUSE THEY'RE WOMEN does not work. Ever.

      Mora Mthonyama - 2013-04-08 15:52

      Vernando i'll also laugh if i was as clueless as you! there real woman like Thuli madonsela have you ever heard of her..? i guess not otherwise you wouldn't laughing your ass off trying to defend mediocrity!! what a bum!

  • Ndou Miranda - 2013-04-08 13:31

    Sad,Sad,Sad. Selfish Government!

      Samuel Slyme - 2013-04-08 13:55

      and selfish trade-unions

  • Samuel Slyme - 2013-04-08 13:49

    Teachers who participate in this "go-slow" (can they go any slower?) can only be described as scum. They would have us believe that they are doing this because they care about their pupils and education. Or did I miss something -- are they perhaps only concerned about their wages? Trade union bosses and enforcers who intimidate teachers into participating in this criminally irresponsible behaviour should be jailed and barred from teaching for life. They are apparently specifically not striking because of the Minister's incompetence and refusal to accept ministerial responsibility for the massive textbook catastrophe, but for their own selfish reasons. I believe the time has come to completely overhaul the teaching system and consider replenishing the corps of teacher with dedicated professionals -- scrap affirmative action (the children deserve better than teachers who are appointed for the number of malanocytes rather than functioning neurons they possess) and import teachers where ever possible, especially for the higher classes. Scrap mother-tongue education beyond seven and adopt English as the universal medium of education (I'm not English-speaking and have no ethnic axe to grind) -- which will enable us to draw the best teachers from the entire English-speaking world. Even though our teachers are undisciplined and irresponsible, our pupils are angels compared to those in many developed, English-speaking countries, and good teachers would be only too glad to emigrate.

  • Esther Coetzee - 2013-04-08 14:08

    Are these people ever on a 'go-faster'?

      Cane Corso - 2013-04-08 14:50


      Simon Thabo - 2013-04-08 19:11

      Esther ur cmnt just how clueless u r!teaching 2day is like trying to strike a conversation with a husband who has just been dumped by his beloved mistress.

  • japiejj.dutoit - 2013-04-08 14:19

    and that is what her @$$O look like after she got speared for being a brave women - who said all is well in SA education system. Be brave - be very brave - SA children

  • Cane Corso - 2013-04-08 14:50

    No comment, because she can't. Imbecile. Thank the gods for private schools.

  • Simon Thabo - 2013-04-08 15:01

    I think the ANC started on wrong foot from de beginning,1st they changed the Education system that was effecient n intoduced OBE that frustated teachers thus incapacitating them,2nd closed closed teacher training colleges,3rd the ANC govt failed to pay teachers salaries that could cope with inflation and that made teachers to lose their status in society and that lead to our new generation to lose interest in teaching,that's y now ur govt is hiring Zimbabeans in our schools.

  • Ld van Vuuren - 2013-04-08 15:12

    Probably thinks it's a "no change" situation.

  • Mora Mthonyama - 2013-04-08 15:46

    minister Angie is as stuborn and insipid as her hoe-like big front teeth!

  • Steve Ritchie - 2013-04-08 16:03

    Teaching used to be a special profession, a passion. Teaching should be declared an essential service. But the cANCer doesn't give a hoot about getting today's kids a quality education. The keep the likes of Angie and crud-face Blade as ministers and are basically saying "up yours" to the very sheeple that vote for them. Why should it be the teachers of this country that try and force the issue. It is the children that will suffer long-term.

      Steve Ritchie - 2013-04-08 16:05

      My caption for the above picture of Angie is: "DUH!"

  • Simon Thabo - 2013-04-08 16:21

    I think the ANC started on wrong foot from de beginning,1st they changed the Education system that was effecient n intoduced OBE that frustated teachers thus incapacitating them,2nd closed closed teacher training colleges,3rd the ANC govt failed to pay teachers salaries that could cope with inflation and that made teachers to lose their status in society and that lead to our new generation to lose interest in teaching,that's y now ur govt is hiring Zimbabeans in our schools.

  • Cane Corso - 2013-04-08 16:47

    OBE is the downfall of SA. cANCer is to blame. A whole generation of retarded children. How stupid can you get to implement a system that was thrown out with the rubbish and then dumb down the kids more by making the pass rate 30%. To make it worse, you can't flunk a child. Pass one, pass all. A crime against humanity.

  • Tlhologelo Desire Magolela - 2013-04-08 16:51

    Surely there is something wrong with the world education system, talking of ours there are so many a changes, talk of coming from OBE TO NCS TO CAPS then whats to follow? Well the times we leaving in those of the end of age. If the government will make another change in future, may they change some topics in the textbooks. Especially removing a religion clothed as science falsely so-called in the life science textbooks called Evolution. This theory is contributing factor to the downfall of society. But if they do not want to then they should include teachings from other religions. It talks about the origins, same with other belief systems, the Big bang theory for example,nothing created something,thats their idea and this requires faith,so it is a religion. The other religions explain theirs,e.g in Christianity the idea is everything designed must have a Designer... So this exclusion of the religion of evolution in our education system will be one of a huge achievements, that way no 1 will have to be the survival of the fittest

  • Rory Neil Price - 2013-04-08 18:45

    Does not make a difference, don't think they can go any faster

  • Hasani P - 2013-04-08 22:28

    Sadtu is there no other way than go slow, in my view u were going in a reverse gear. Please guys our education is already messed up

  • Wayne Anthony Faulds - 2013-04-09 07:48

    So, whats new Ange?

  • pages:
  • 1