Sadtu members to embark on go-slow

2013-04-08 10:11

Johannesburg - SA Democratic Teachers Union members will embark on a national go-slow when schools reopen this week, the union said on Monday.

This was to press for the resignation of the Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga, and her director general, Bobby Soobrayan, Sadtu general secretary Mugwena Maluleke said.

Inland and coastal schools were expected to reopen on Tuesday, after the Easter holidays.

Maluleke said Motshekga's department had also not honoured a 2011 agreement to increase the salaries of matric paper markers.

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

According to Maluleke, teachers will only be reporting to schools to teach.

They will not perform extra duties, such as marking, hosting departmental visits or attending workshops.

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

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

The department's Hope Mokgatlhe could not immediately comment on the looming go-slow.

  • salvador - 2013-04-08 10:16

    So teaching is just a job with no vocation attached? I understand that grievances need to be aired, but it seems the co-lateral damage (the children) is a harsh means to an end.

      Rodney Bevan - 2013-04-08 10:38

      Is anyone going to notice the difference?

      Eterni80 - 2013-04-08 12:49

      whilst I don't condone this sort of behavior, I do support what they hope to achieve - the ANC handbook needs some new pages in it, ones that state things like - best candidate for the job, not the pal you owe favor too.. Another thing JZ needs to stop doing is cabinet re-shuffles, he keeps moving his useless cabinet around and not out musical chairs works when there aren't enough chairs, not too many..

  • kalabafazi - 2013-04-08 10:20

    I agree that Motshekga needs to take her fat @$$ and roll off. But the teachers are risking the children's education by implementing go slow action and that's not fair to the children.

  • JamesMWood - 2013-04-08 10:24

    They already going backwards and now they want to do that slowly? One would imagine that marking aka evaluating progress is actually apart of their job and not an additional duty! Once again the kids suffer!

  • Anthony Rodriques - 2013-04-08 10:24

    Now this go-slow and the reasons I will support.

      kalabafazi - 2013-04-08 10:29

      The reason is good the method though puts the kids education at jeopardy.

  • Jackie Dee - 2013-04-08 10:28

    Agreed the minister must go but isn't there a better way of getting your point accross instead of messing the kids up.

  • Gary5 - 2013-04-08 10:31

    Its just another sign of a failed marxist/commie/socialist state.

  • Dave Kofang - 2013-04-08 10:38

    SADTU is part of the problem of education in this country.They are busy protecting incompetent,lazy and useless teachers.They fight for positions forgeting their core functions.Sadly education is South Africa's biggest failure since 1994.

  • Ralph Higgo - 2013-04-08 10:40

    Anyone else feel the teachers are already slowww?

  • precious.yumyum - 2013-04-08 10:41

    Sadtu are the enemies of education and development.

  • Mordikaai Speak - 2013-04-08 10:46

    So teachers that belong to Sadtu do not have pride in there profession and only teach for the money. Well you should rethink your profession teaching was never about the money or having freedom it was and still is about education and the satisfaction of seeing the results of your labour

      Karl Klopjag - 2013-04-08 10:50

      All professionals work for the money. It's not a charity.

      Stanley Mabunda - 2013-04-08 10:52

      my friend nothing is for mahala it can be nursing or teaching at the end i must eat

  • Tlou Andries Mokobane - 2013-04-08 10:46

    Dats why our kids lv school cos of dis go slow sadtu thugs..

  • Jimmy James - 2013-04-08 10:46

    Minister Angie, the people say you must GO....GO...GO...are you GONE?

  • Karl Klopjag - 2013-04-08 10:48

    A go-slow? How will anyone notice?

  • criticallyhonest - 2013-04-08 10:58

    'Go slow' is a relative concept. Sometimes education in SA seems to be going backwards.....!

  • Mara Vermaas - 2013-04-08 10:59

    Watch out Sadtu! If your members go any slower they will come to a dead stop.

  • Terence Wessels - 2013-04-08 10:59

    Oh boy, Strike And Don't Teach Union at it again.

  • Monique Naude - 2013-04-08 11:02

    Her leadership is affecting the quality of education," said Maluleke... No, your attitudes are affecting the quality of education. If you are unhappy, lodge a complaint and follow procedures. It is so unfair that the children suffer because the teachers don't like what is happening.

  • Stanley Mabunda - 2013-04-08 11:02

    most comments here are from the enemies of progress in fact verwoerdians who wants to reverse our gains

      Dennis Thulani Molife - 2013-04-08 11:33

      Mabunda you are wrong, most comments here are not enemies of progress but are enemies of regress. By the way whose progress are you talking about, teacher's progress or learners progress and what type of progress are you referring to. Financial or academic progress. We should be striving for the latter first to achieve the former.

      maureen.churchill.9 - 2013-04-08 11:40

      WHAT PROGRESS? The kids are suffering, the teachers are suffering through an incompetent education department.

      Justin Rose - 2013-04-08 12:08

      Progress to Banana Republic, Dad are we there yet? Nearly my boy

      salvador - 2013-04-08 14:13

      Wrong Stanley - most people a bemoaning the "lack" of progress

  • Justin Rose - 2013-04-08 11:05

    I think Angie and co are knuckleheads, but the next putts that will get appointed, will that be any better? Look at SAPS, SABC, Eksdom - the non skilled aholes we have, they are a plenty, we are spoiled for choice.

  • Matodzi Steve Raliwedzha - 2013-04-08 11:08

    Oh here we go again

  • Don Quioxte - 2013-04-08 11:11

    An example of the amazing african work ethic.

  • Sthembiso Jali - 2013-04-08 11:22

    Viva sadtu viva, don't understand the negativity from some people bcoz they have whining about angie's dismisal for the past two years.

      Willie Olivier - 2013-04-08 11:56

      I thought they were on a go slow!? For the past 19 years!

  • Deon de Lange - 2013-04-08 11:29

    Any slower and they will be going backwards. C'mon teachers, put learners' interets first. If you have genuine grievances, let the leaders of your union - whom you elected for the purpose - take the matter up with the government your union ruitinely supports during elections.

  • Robin Stobbs - 2013-04-08 11:33

    Why punish the pupils for the sins of the Minister?

  • MichelleHolman KeithShackle - 2013-04-08 11:37

    ‘They will not be performing extra duties such as marking papers’ .... This is not an extra duty but part of your role IN THE CLASSROOM! Yet again the students suffer!

  • Tabang Tibotouch Mgijima - 2013-04-08 11:39

    They wont fire Angie,she is a President of womens league,and womens league support Zuma,I feel sorry 4 S.A kids & their future.

  • Wikus Erasmus - 2013-04-08 11:39

    Useless SADTU members...... What a disgrace to the teaching profession....

  • Sucky'le Macwele - 2013-04-08 11:42

    I want to be a teacher now

  • Tabang Tibotouch Mgijima - 2013-04-08 11:44

    Our president has sub B,he doesnt care. Bottom line is he wont fire that useless Angie Motshekga because she is his allie.

  • Matthew Thomas - 2013-04-08 11:48

    sadly it's come to this. The sooner we get her replaced the better!

  • Ntombizodwa Letty - 2013-04-08 11:50

    Hayi man!!!!!! Maluleke think pls guyz, this is another time that we a going to lost and when govt take final decisions we a going 2cry again. Minister n her frnd they can go 2morow only if she knows her standart in her office, but bcos she is still under someone minds let us 4get this and start focus on the main cause of this. Pls Pls sadtu think of other peoples life b4 its 2late again, Limpopo last year make it a point that no one is repeating a std bcos of something undersomeone nose.

  • Sifiso Mahlaba - 2013-04-08 12:03

    Oh... In that case I support the strike. Just go to school to teach then.

  • Rsa Webs - 2013-04-08 12:08

    They are always on a go-slow...

  • Phetole Richard - 2013-04-08 12:16

    Why those idiots think of go slow when school reopen

  • Chris Everson - 2013-04-08 12:16

    I can't remember a time when SADTU members were on anything other than a "go slow"

  • Phumlani Lolly Veliti - 2013-04-08 12:32

    From the way I see it, education is nolonger a priority in this country and that's a shame. I feel sorry for the class of 2013 and beyond.

  • Michael Kleber - 2013-04-08 12:54

    Why punish the students , if you are unhappy with the minister take it out on her , why did you not arrange a march during the school holidays , its a no brainer

      Bongani Malcolm Mpostile - 2013-04-09 06:31

      Micheal, I hope you are joking, they dont listen even when cosatu disrupted the traffic on a drive slow during the pick hour. So do you think they will listen especial on public holiday!! Probably they will b feeding their fat bellies in Mauritius on an expensive hotel paid by tax payers

  • mikey.scholtz.7 - 2013-04-08 14:13

    Good thing that they told us, otherwise nobody would have noticed.

  • Michelle Reyneke Archer - 2013-04-08 14:16

    If they go any slower, they should update their CV's to "working in a mortuary"

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