Natu concerned about amendment of SA School's Act

2015-10-14 18:30
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Durban – The National Teachers' Union [Natu] has expressed concern about government’s intention to amend the South African Schools Act.

Speaking at a media briefing in Durban on Wednesday, Natu president Sthe Ngcobo said the amendment would strip parents of powers to appoint teachers.

"We have a problem with these amendments because there are pronouncements being made [in public] but there have been no consultations with all the stakeholders, particularly the teacher organisations.

"As representatives of teachers, we feel that the minister should have consulted with us so that by the time we amend the Act, there is no problem," said Ngcobo.

He said the biggest problem was that parents, in particular, who played a big role in education, would lose their voice if the amendment was passed.

"The parents have been participating in the process of appointing teachers, particularly the headmasters. This amendment will take away the powers of the governing bodies."

'Serious blunder'

Ngcobo believed the department was making a "serious blunder".

"We addressed former Minister in the Presidency, Trevor Manuel, who was one of the architects of the National Development Plan, and… he cited this as something that would be coming.

"We said at face value, it does not have problems. It sounds like something good and clean because government was worried about cadre deployment and interference."

He said the government wanted to avoid a situation where unions interfered in the appointment processes.

Ngcobo said Natu told the minister that people who have been appointed into senior positions in the education department would need to be monitored should they become responsible for the appointment of teachers and principals.

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