DA condemns Sadtu march

2016-04-20 18:28
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Bloemfontein – The DA in the Free State has condemned a march by SA Democratic Teachers Union members, after several schools remained closed on Wednesday.

DA education spokesperson Mariette Pittaway said it was unacceptable that Sadtu members were not at schools.

She said teachers had denied pupils their right to education.

"While the DA remains cognisant of the right to protest, as enshrined in the Constitution, when it comes to teachers, this right should be balanced with the right to education... responsible teachers would protest after school hours," Pittaway said in a statement.

"Under the ANC-led government in the Free State, the quality and efficiency of basic education is on a steady deteriorating trend and it now appears that Sadtu seeks to hasten the demise of basic education in the province.

"A DA-led government would never allow the self-serving Sadtu to play politics with the education of learners."

Earlier on Wednesday, Sadtu members marched in Bloemfontein to hand over a memorandum of demands to Premier Ace Magashule.

The teachers, forming a sea of red T-shirts, sang and danced, while dozens of police cars escorted them to the Fidel Castro building.

They wanted a better education system in the province, the union’s provincial secretary Mokhuloane Moloi said.

Teachers also wanted to defend collective bargaining, which the provincial education department was undermining, Moloi said.

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