Motshekga must go, says Sadtu

2013-03-05 16:56

Johannesburg - Teacher union Sadtu has called for Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga to resign, saying it had lost confidence in her.

"We... make a passionate call to the minister to do the honourable thing and take the road less travelled by submitting her resignation," the SA Democratic Teachers' Union said in a statement.

The union accused Motshekga of having withdrawn an agreement that protected collective bargaining.

"On the 12th of February, Motshekga unilaterally and with immediate effect, withdrew Collective Agreement No.1 of 2011," Sadtu said.

"Ironically, this happened on the day of our picket to the basic education headquarters in defence of collective bargaining and the promotion of labour peace."

Education spokesperson Hope Mokgatlhe declined to comment on the contents on Sadtu's statement.

She said in a statement the minister was disappointed to hear from Sadtu via the media.

She quoted Motshekga as saying: "I'm disappointed about this trend of stakeholders choosing to communicate with the basic education ministry through media statements.

"We are always committed and available to meet and discuss any concerns raised by unions, as we regularly do."

Mokgatlhe said the minister met Sadtu often, and this matter should have been raised at one of those meetings.

The union said education director general Bobby Soobrayan should also go.

It threatened to limit communication with the department.

"We will not participate in any departmental programme at all levels, and we will not take any instruction from the ministry or department; ours will be to be in schools for seven hours, and no extra effort beyond that must be expected from us," they said.

Sadtu threatened to stop marking supplementary exams, year-end exams, and Annual National Assessment scripts.

"We will go further and lobby all the other public sector unions to withdraw from the three-year collective agreement that was intended to ensure labour peace, because the minister has no intention to sustain it."

  • kalabafazi - 2013-03-05 16:59

    "We... make a passionate call to the minister to do the honourable thing and take the road less travelled by submitting her resignation," the SA Democratic Teachers' Union said in a statement." Now if that isn't the most truthful statement I have ever read from a Union official. Hahahahahaha - The road less travelled.

      kalabafazi - 2013-03-05 17:00

      Morning SADTU. The rest of the population has been calling for her resignation for many months now.

      procold2 - 2013-03-05 17:08

      hers and a few others

      Tersia Louw - 2013-03-05 17:51

      Interesting. SADTU call for her resignation NOT because of the text book saga or that she's inefficient, they want her gone because - "The union accused Motshekga of having withdrawn an agreement that protected collective bargaining." Really, SADTU, do you care about the children you're supposed to be teaching AT ALL?

      Lynn Hattingh - 2013-03-05 18:07

      And their request was so polite how can anyone say no? Lol

      Jack - 2013-03-05 22:10

      Please don't abandon Angie. Rather give her a chance and enrol her in Grade 5. She can make matric one day, then run for El Presidente.

      Kortbroek Du Plessis - 2013-03-06 09:02

      Where is Zuma, why is he doing nothing about this? Everyone and sundry have been calling for her head for months, and yet showerhead does nothing. I wonder why, too busy with Nkandla to give a damn?

      yam.yam.90813 - 2013-03-08 08:56

      I'd take getting rid of SADTU any day... education is an essential service and should not be unionised. They can't even ensure their 'teachers' are in the classroom teaching, let alone doing a decent job!

  • Jimmy Don - 2013-03-05 17:02

    She must quit without further a due....

  • markjack.deppe - 2013-03-05 17:07

    Angie should have been relieved of her position AGES ago. Remember the textbook scandal?? Angie is a total incompetent oaf representing the Education department but then again she is covered by Zuma. And we ask why our educational system is in a mess??

  • Michael Jackwood - 2013-03-05 17:11

    SADTU does not want to get education forward, how can they lose confidence in the person who matric results have shown improvement since 1994? Issue of Limpopo textbooks is the responsibity of the Pronvincial department of Limpopo, the question must be asked from President Zuma, as to why is he still keeping the Premier who is failing dismally, five departments under administration, someone must be fired there.

      Mike Clery - 2013-03-05 17:37

      The officials and the provincial head should go too, but she's supposed to be responsible for it all ...

      janine9 - 2013-03-05 17:43

      The only reason that they have shown an 'improvement' is because the standard of education is lower. The percentage needed to pass matric is set so low even an idiot can pass. Strange that they don't call for her resignation with all the previous foul-ups, but only when it impacts the so-called teachers.

      Michael Jackwood - 2013-03-05 18:17

      @Janine, i dont think you have a point, matric pass has not been lowered, in the past, people used to do lower grades in learning areas, which is equivalent to your so called lower pass symbol, the thing is SADTU dont need education to be declared an essential service, Engie Motshekga has done well in as far as matric results are concerned, public schools and former model C schools are using the same standards and those learners are excelling at universities. Give me reasons why Engie M must go!

      janine9 - 2013-03-06 09:35

      @Michael. Yes, have you ever looked at the first year drop-out rate of University students. Chat to a couple of lecturers and ask them how literate their students are. The problem is that many teachers today, see teaching as a means to an end, not a calling. We need to bring back teacher training colleges, teachers need to be assessed to see if they have the skills to impart knowledge. They should be banned from striking, particularly just before the matric exams - which they seem to do on a regular basis.

  • Robert Ntombela - 2013-03-05 17:19

    I personally also feel the same. She must just tender her resignation peacefully! Tnx!

  • Nizole Middle-Finger Khala - 2013-03-05 17:24


  • davy.botha - 2013-03-05 17:26

    Yesterday they supported Angie today she must go, all this union are interested in is there own interest and not the interest of the children. When there was no tax books they did not blame her now that she touches the collective agreement they are angery. They must implement the scanning system and teachers must clock in and teaching must happen but Angie must still go!

      Khethu Ndlovu - 2013-03-05 18:17

      its nt the union's duty to have the interest of learners at heart, teachers pay unions to serve their interests. The department of education must advance both the learner and the educator's interest, and its advancing neither. So why blame sadtu for angie's failures? The public is paying angie to advance their kids interest not unions, u cant blame a lawyer for trying to advance his client's interests over the victim's

  • Dick Etheridge - 2013-03-05 17:27

    Yesterday she was queen Angie...Today it's off with her head.

      carolyn.simshandcock - 2013-03-05 18:48

      Yesterday she criticised teachers - big mistake! - today she has to go

      Victor Tshikovhele - 2013-03-05 20:00

      Scopa must intervene!pls Mr godi get into her departent.

  • Themba Khumalo - 2013-03-05 17:31

    One would have thought SADTU was worried about things educational.; like the Limpopo fiasco, the shameful mud schools in the EC.........but no! Its all about money, nothing to do with education and teachers' performance, or, as is usually the case, lack thereof.

      yam.yam.90813 - 2013-03-08 08:58

      Well that's unions for you... they put their own interests first always. The sooner South Africans realise this, the better.

  • Bongeka - 2013-03-05 17:34

    Yes most people feel the same way, that she has to go. But the question is, will she really go? I don't think so. People have raised concerns and demands about the none performing officials, but how many of those calls been answered? With the same leadership that we have now, we might as well forget it.

  • Mike Clery - 2013-03-05 17:35

    Doesn't just about everyone think she must go?

      yam.yam.90813 - 2013-03-08 09:00

      But who is going to replace her? Its going to take another comrade months again to get up to steam... and so the cycle of inefficiency continues. She is not the only problem. The rot goes all the way down to the teachers who don't turn up to teach but still want their paycheck and cannot be fired because of SADTU.

  • Nunu - 2013-03-05 17:37

    Sadtu is also calling for its teachers to do as little work as they can possibly get away with doing. Honorable bunch - ah well, I guess its mainly poor kids affected by them,so who cares. Viva the "alliance"!!!!

  • Uzziphathele KaSkhokho Tshabalala - 2013-03-05 17:38

    she was needed for last december by Zuma for women to vote for him(Zuma)and he (Zuma)still need her(Motshekga)for next year elections,so this woman is here to stay according to Zuma ANC,please vote wisely SA next elections,Mampela for president!!!!!

      markjack.deppe - 2013-03-05 18:31

      And that is the reality of the matter. In the ANC It's all about whose side you are on and to hell with the electorate. Wish the Dr. can now complete her manifesto. The clock is ticking. Power should again be reverted to the people.

  • Clement Mokone - 2013-03-05 17:48

    Will she really go? The president is rulling the Anc and the government through patronage. This is a political situation where in those close to the president will benefit from public resources and also enjoy the leader's protection against other party memebers and demands by the society. This is very prevalent in our continent. The president is doing exactly. Motshekga could have been dismissed as of last year. Can she go? We will see.

  • Keegan Moodley - 2013-03-05 18:01

    We have no say in this matter so let things take its own course.There are leaders who are being paid to sort these misconducts,they employed her so they must make the right decisions.

  • Amanda Mdoda - 2013-03-05 18:03

    The resignation is Looooong Over Due

  • Msika Bopha - 2013-03-05 18:08

    Only now they've realised?

  • Ian Robert Reid - 2013-03-05 18:12

    We don't need trailers ye who don't cut the line must go??

  • Vuyani Green - 2013-03-05 18:18

    yeah yeah yeah. then u get to screw up in another department. either way we're screwed...

  • Mike Clery - 2013-03-05 18:25

    There's a touch of Orwell's 1984 in having a "Ministry of Basic Education" and a "Ministry of Higher Education and Training" run by Motshekga and Nzimande respectively.

  • Yonela Palesa Moopelwa - 2013-03-05 18:29

    as a young teacher I'm very disappointed with SADTU. The only time they are in the news is when they have money issues. Our education system is rated the worst in the world but they don't seem to be doing anything to address the issue. We need teacher bodies (unions) that stand for the good of the education and the future of this country, not only for their stomachs.

  • Hilton Abdol - 2013-03-05 18:42

    Everything I am hearing from SADTU or the minister, is not beneficial to our children's future. Both is destroying structures albeit via annual strikes or decisions. I wish they can start being constructive and help to build a brighter future for our country..

  • Dlayani Tivani - 2013-03-05 18:45

    Motshekga yes must go but she will be redeploy to another post , watch this space ! She is Zuma no.1 fan .Zuma won't allow Her favarite Lady to go ! Corruption after Corruption !

      Victor Tshikovhele - 2013-03-05 19:56

      I totally agree with you comrade.She is number one Zuma supporter.Number two supporter is Anc womens league.

  • Patrick Louw - 2013-03-05 18:56

    The only time when you hear about SADTU in the news is when they have money issues, we have the worst EDUCATION system in the world and what are they doing to address that issue?

      heini.botes - 2013-03-06 09:03

      Still voting ANC, that's what we...well they are doing

  • Thembalethu Mdumane KaNtoyanto - 2013-03-05 19:05

    I'm tired of sadtu n motshekga both they never delivered, fire Motshekga n disabaned sadtu

  • Joe Irwin - 2013-03-05 21:03

    Pupils and education mean nothing to Sadtu. Incompetent and under qualified teachers who pay union fees is what they care about. Nothing else.

      Hle Phewa - 2013-03-08 07:11

      Cud not hv said it better, sitting at home wit a post graduate in education yet thy hire unqualified ppl as teachers, hw stupid is tht???

      yam.yam.90813 - 2013-03-08 09:02

      @ Hle - you should be applying for positions as headteacher with those qualifications.

  • renier.lubbe.7 - 2013-03-05 21:36

    Parents should get involved with the schooling of their children and soon they will realize that the handbooks supplied by government is not the end of the needs of their children. Additional books are bought by the schools and for that the schools receive less than a third of the funding, from government, needed to procure these handbooks. (I.e. R 300 000 received but R 1 200 000 needed (for one school)) That is why most schools have to charge a school fee as the shortfall for the funding of books (and other needs) cannot be raised by fundraising projects alone. Please note that I am not referring to "rich schools", the need for additional books are for all schools.

  • Mamushcka_ - 2013-03-06 05:38

    She must leave the office NOW... Useless

  • Thabo Khemisi - 2013-03-06 09:32

    when it suits you bunch of hypocrites.

  • Whoo Carez - 2013-03-07 19:36

    Am keeping news24 very very busy. They're deleting every blog that am posting. News24 might be in The Guptas' payroll.

  • Hle Phewa - 2013-03-08 07:23

    Dear sadtu and the DoE, we require a Minister who will remove incompetent and unqualified Teachers frm the database, thank U

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