PICS: Free State teachers ditch class to march for better education

2016-04-20 13:00
Sadtu members march in Bloemfontein. (Jeanette Chabalala, News24)

Sadtu members march in Bloemfontein. (Jeanette Chabalala, News24)

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Bloemfontein - Hundreds of SA Democratic Teachers Union (Sadtu) members in the Free State marched in Bloemfontein on Wednesday 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.

"A lot of schools are overcrowded and some haven't received their subsidies until now. And we have been communicating with the education MEC [Tate Makgoe], but nothing has been done."

They wanted to defend collective bargaining, which he said the provincial education department was undermining.

They gave Magashule 21 days to reply to their demands and were optimistic he would meet them and restore stability in education.

Moloi said most Sadtu members were not at schools on Wednesday.

"We have requested the SGBs and principals at schools to inform parents about our march today, so it is up to them if they wanted to take their children to school," he said.

(Jeanette Chabalala, News24)

(Jeanette Chabalala, News24)

(Jeanette Chabalala, News24)

(Jeanette Chabalala, News24)

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