Support demoralised teachers, Sadtu asks education dept

2016-01-13 15:50


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Cape Town - The education department needed to support its teachers because their morale was at an all-time low, the SA Democratic Teachers Union (Sadtu) said on Wednesday.

Crowded classes, constant policy changes without consultation, and massive workloads were causing stress and health issues, the union said as pupils around the country settled in for the new academic year.

Spokesperson Nomusa Cembi said the teachers wanted quality development programmes, curriculum support and the necessary infrastructure.

They also wanted to get their teaching materials and funding allocations on time.

Cembi warned not all provinces would have the teachers they needed at the start of the first term due to the introduction of new norms and standards.

Placing late enrolments

She said teachers were, however, still looking forward to the first day of school and wished Grade 1s, in particular, a good start to their school journey.

Education department spokesperson Troy Martens said final national intake figures would only be available once districts forwarded them to the national office.

In the meantime, the department was monitoring the process of placing pupils who had enrolled late. In Gauteng, 16 000 pupils had not yet found a place, mainly due to migration.

The department was, however, confident places would be found for them, but warned that pupils might have to go to a school able to accommodate them, rather than the school of their choice.

Martens also said there should not be any issues with textbook deliveries this year.

She said once all pupils were accommodated, the department would know how many more books were needed.

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