Limpopo neglected education - Sadtu

2012-02-17 16:02

Johannesburg - Limpopo Premier Cassel Mathale in his state of the province address neglected to tackle education problems, a teacher union said on Friday.

"Very little is said about provision of classrooms in our schools and communities, supply of learner teacher support materials, and initiatives to develop teachers," said the SA Democratic Teachers' Union (Sadtu).

Provincial secretary Matome Raphahla said Mathale's address on Thursday amounted to a commitment to glorify the past without providing a way forward for education in the province.

Raphahla said little or nothing had been said about assisting matriculants who could not afford tertiary education fees.

"The presentation is a clear indication that the premier is not living in the same province as our masses who continue to suffer, subjected to schools without provision of chairs and tables, [and] non-payment of norms and standard monies..."

Also, it appeared sections of the address were "cut and pasted" from the previous year's speech, he said.

Quoting Macbeth's soliloquy, Raphahla said the speech was: "full of sound and fury, but signifying nothing".

The union and education department have clashed recently over the suspension of temporary teachers.

Five departments, including education, were recently put under national administration in the province.

  • Sharon - 2012-02-17 16:06

    Why single out education? By all accounts they neglected EVERYTHING.

      Vusi - 2012-02-17 16:39

      What is amazing, is the fact that the rest of the country sees the diabolical state of this toilet of a province, but those living there keep voting these pieces of trash back into power. South Africans listen to me! You want to suffer for another 100 years, keep voting these uneducated rubbish into power. They only know how to steal and you all will suffer for decades to come. If ever there were rubbish running a province, then this is it!

      Sharon - 2012-02-17 16:42

      wheyyyyyyy Vusi for president!! :-)

      Juan - 2012-02-17 16:43

      I wonder what their toilets look like.

      mundu.olewega - 2012-02-17 19:19

      I dont think Mathale gets it at all. Why is he still premier? He should be fired shortly before being arrested for allowing corruption in Limpopo

  • Kala - 2012-02-17 16:08

    It sounds like his speech was in line with the way the province is run... With little or no effort.

      Kala - 2012-02-17 16:09

      Oh and another thing... If you're expecting change don't hold your breath. Unless it's change for the worse, which is inevitable.

  • Nicholas - 2012-02-17 16:09

    Since when has this gang of rabble rousers given a damn about education?

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