Teachers must be professional - Sadtu

2012-10-28 19:59

Johannesburg - Teachers must be on time, thoroughly prepared and professional, the SA Democratic Teachers' Union said on Sunday.

"To restate our commitment [to] the quality learning and teaching campaign... teachers must be on time, on task, thoroughly prepared and behave professionally, in accordance with our code of conduct, at all times," Sadtu said in a statement after its national general council meeting in Kempton Park at the weekend.

"The union unequivocally condemns the minority of teachers whose bad behaviour - particularly sexual abuse of learners - brings the profession into disrepute," it said.

"We declare our commitment to improving quality public education by defending the education budget, and call upon government to levy multi-national corporations to invest in public education without imposing [their] capitalist values."

Sadtu said investment in education would help develop infrastructure to provide quality learning and teaching.

It said all substantive vacant posts occupied by temporary teachers had to be made permanent before the end of the 2012 to ensure there were no disruptions at the beginning of the school year.

The union also called on the government to prioritise Further Education and Training, Adult Basic Education Training, and Early Child Development to foster the skills needed to build the nation.

It called for a life orientation curriculum to emphasise issues of risky sexual behaviour.

Sadtu also called for a moratorium on the closure of schools.


  • rodney.bevan.58 - 2012-10-28 20:07

    How about making sure they are properly trained first, getting to work on time is pointless if they don't have a clue about teaching in the first place.

      vandross.ntshegi - 2012-10-28 20:22

      Teachers must on time, thoroughly prepared and professional (Meaning they should do away with mixing pleasure and business). In many schools (Government schools in particular) teachers can't get enough of romantic relationships with learners.

      morne.demeillon - 2012-10-28 20:51

      Really!? SADTU you should get your priorities straight at the start of the new year, not at the end of it! SADTU you failed many of your subjects!

      george.pistorius - 2012-10-28 21:02

      How about HANG THEM!!!

      NickvanGraan - 2012-10-28 21:12

      SADTU has a code of conduct?? really? well I never!

      JaredVN - 2012-10-29 06:28

      Oh, please, Sadtu! Just spare us the sanctimonious bilge above! YOU and your lazy, incompetent, militant teachers, are the number one problem in SA education. You are the useless parasites who organize meetings at such a time that no Soweto "lĂȘnna" attends school after 10am every Friday.

  • Shaun Daly - 2012-10-28 20:07

    Good thing they cleared that up...

  • terrylee.heuer - 2012-10-28 20:11

    \The union unequivocally condemns the minority of teachers whose bad behaviour - particularly sexual abuse of learners - brings the profession into disrepute,\ it said.....sexual abuse is not bad behaviour its a criminal offence and must be dealt with in the harshest manner ie jail no suspension fired on the spot and sent to jail and never ever be able to teach again!!!!

  • ruben.maistry - 2012-10-28 20:32

    What did sadtu do when the anc closed all taecher training colleges? Springfield College was an asset to the nation, alas the anc shot themselves in the foot, so did sadtu.

  • lacrimose.wolf - 2012-10-28 20:37

    We must really be alarmed when unions have to announce the obvious. This applies to all employees in both the private and public sector. No wonder we have such low productivity levels - no-one shows up, is prepared and is too pre-occupied with self-gratification to consider what professionalism is

  • Erna - 2012-10-28 20:40

    Funny how, when teachers are disciplined for any of these wrongdoings, its SADTU who yells 'unfair' the loudest!

  • blip.noodlum - 2012-10-28 21:02

    Sadtu barks with the crisply-professional diligent dogs today and howls with the raggedy dstriking won't-work wolves tomorrow. As credible as a zero-calorie cheeseburger.

  • werner.pretorius.12 - 2012-10-28 21:15

    Ek dink as onderwysers beter betaal word sal n \beter\ kwaliteit persoon dalk aansoek doen wat tot baie beter kwaliteit onderrig sal lei.

      JaredVN - 2012-10-29 06:40

      As ek kyk na die toewyding van die onderwysers in my kinders se gewone staatsskool, wat middag na middag daar staan tot 5 of 6 besig met sport en ander aktiwiteite, maar wat steeds 'n karige salaris verdien, kan ek nie saamstem nie. Toewyding is 'n kultuurding. Suid-Koreaanse matrikulante werk in ekstra klasse tot 24h00 snags. Afrikaner-onderwysers is modelle van toewyding, hul karige salarisse ten spyt. Azaniese "lĂȘnnas" en die meeste van die onderwysers in sekere kultuurgroepe, daarenteen, is pleinweg k.ksleg.

  • kseyffert - 2012-10-28 21:42

    "invest in public education without imposing [their] capitalist values." ???? What the **** ???? Education is education. Anything else is propaganda. Your very statement indicates that you are not interested in education, you are interested in Propaganda. You scare me! We are talking about the future of our great country and you dribble that drivel! No wonder we have not made headway since the ANC took over!

  • musawakhe.ngubane - 2012-10-28 21:53

    SADTU does have a code of conduct for its members. If you are a teacher especially SADTU members, you will understand what I mean. Access this code of conduct in annual diaries distributed by the union to its members. The problem here is most people who comment here about education issues, are clueless. Go and read the code of conduct and you will understand what SADTU does.

      colleen.williams.1840 - 2012-10-29 10:01

      We live in a rural area. I have made a point of checking up on teachers to see if they are at schools on Fridays and Mondays. NO! Most of them are not because they take those two days to go shopping. One teacher in our area was not at school for 54 days from end of July holidays to beginning of December holidays. Mainly Mondays and Fridays. When I mentioned to the principal that she should be reported the principal said she couldn't do it. Then I said I will report her, I was told Im a racist!!!!! One teacher spends her Monday mornings at a Spur (anytime from 8-10:30 eating breakfast, puddings and drinking a bottle of wine!!! Another teacher arrives at school at 8:30am (school starts at 8:00am) she leaves an hour earlier! She does no preparation whatsoever at home or at school!! So shove your code of conduct and put inspectors out there to do random visits to schools and report back to the education department......oh I forgot the education department also has no morals or codes of conduct. South African educators in the rural areas couldnt give two hoots about education in this country!!!

  • clive.kihn - 2012-10-28 21:59

    Too true, SADTU, starting with you lot. How about pitching up on time, working the full required hours, and not leaving early, notably on Fridays and paydays, when reports suggest many don't pitch up at all. Improve your qualifications, leave the little girls alone, and admit there is a severe problem with education in this country. Look at where we rank on a world-wide scale, and make a commitment to put that right.

      Millie Sosibo - 2012-10-29 05:16

      but i thought ,that's exactly what they (SADTU)is calling for ,well excuse me for my stupidity!!!!n for not understanding what ur comment is supposed to mean in this context!!!

  • bantu.jonginamba - 2012-10-29 06:54

    So if they come unprepared and are not on time,what are you going to do?

  • andrew.mackie.90 - 2012-10-29 07:55

    Until such time teachers who are dedicated educators are properly trained and paid a decent salary we will always be beset with problems of poor performance. In the past the unions have not helped the situation in any way. All they have really done is made demands for higher pay without the commensurate productivity. I have no complaint about making tempory teachers permanent if they have the right qualifications, but I fear this not to be the case. There is no point in growing union membership or filling vacant posts without having quality teachers.

  • susan.paul.330 - 2012-10-29 08:30

    It is not only government schools that experience such issues, private schools have issues that parents are scared to talk about.

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