Sadtu irresponsible: DA

2012-06-20 19:52

Durban - The SA Democratic Teachers' Union (Sadtu) is irresponsible for resisting the proposal for education to be made an essential service, the Democratic Alliance said on Wednesday.

"This indicates the inability of this teacher union to understand, and take responsibility for, many of the basic ills that have bedevilled education within South Africa during the past 18 years," DA member of the KZN legislature Tom Stokes said in a statement.

His attack on Sadtu came after the KwaZulu-Natal's union secretary Mbuyiseni Mathonsi accused the ANC of adopting the DA's policies.

KwaZulu-Natal ANC secretary Sihle Zikalala told reporters in Durban on Monday that the African National Congress would propose that education be declared an essential service, at the national conference to be held later this month in Gauteng.

People working in essential services may not go on strike.

Stokes said the call for education to be made an essential service first came from the DA.

"Education is the most politicised terrain in South Africa and also, not surprisingly, the most damaged. It offers a platform for only one side, because the most affected - the learners - have no voice," Stokes said.

Mathonsi had also criticised Premier Zweli Mkhize's support for the youth wage subsidy, which was also supported by the DA.

  • evanknowles - 2012-06-20 20:02

    Wait, so it's a bad idea because the DA proposed it? Maybe they should start proposing corruption and compel the ANC to denounce it.

      Christelle - 2012-06-20 20:30

      Evan, these guys are getting s%^t scared of the DA. Why do you think the ANC had meetings with leaders in the minority groups to find out why they did not vote for them in the municipal elections? It is because their own, original base is turning against them. They are now starting to adopt some ideas from the DA because they know that is where their lost votes are going. And as for SADTU - if some of their members had a proper education they might not deny our children the right to be taught by an essential service!

      Squeegee - 2012-06-20 20:56

      Well the opposition is not just there to try become the ruling party, but to influence policy. If the ANC adopts good DA policies they should be welcomed.

      jack.bleck - 2012-06-20 22:17

      If the DA sees education as being so essential, why don't they offer teachers in the Western Cape better salaries? Take it from a teacher who has left the Western Cape and SA to find a decent salary oversees. Sadtu don't just strike because they feel like it - conditions in schools are unworkable - which should be blamed on government policy. I'm still waiting for the DA to offer some real policy solutions...because blaming the unions is like putting a plaster on cancer!

      johan.maree.5036 - 2012-06-20 22:59

      @Jackblack, teacher's salaries come from national government, blame your ANC for that my friend.

      jason.dutoit - 2012-06-21 08:47

      @jackblack. the western cape government pays teachers more than double what the other provinces pay. a graduate teacher will earn just over 200k in the western cape. it's the school governing bodies that pay the poor salaries, not the government. as i understand it, a govenrment-paid graduate teacher in the other provinces will earn a bit under 100k.

  • DanielDennett - 2012-06-20 20:13

    Irresponsible is too kind, what they are doing to our present and future generations is a crime against humanity

      saintbruce.bruce - 2012-06-21 07:35

      Blithering Idiots comes to mind ? It is inevitable that two parties wanting to govern this country are likely to have to tackle the same vexing issues that beset the people and will adopt similar or the same policies to do so as these would be the logical choices. No? yes, of course but a politicized blithering idiot shows it has no real education in an instant!

  • richard.hipkin - 2012-06-20 20:16

    These policies are not unique to the DA, these are policies that have been implemented in any democratic, working, functional government around the world. They common sense laws.

      Tony Lapson - 2012-06-20 20:18

      What is common sense? I have heard of it, but never seen it in this country.

      Nicolaas - 2012-06-21 11:34

      @Tony, the most common mistake people with common sense make, is to to believe that common sense is common, whilst the truth is that common sense is not really common at all. Pleaase try explain this to the stupid ALL NATIONAL CRIMINAL PARTY!

  • tsietsi.mshengu - 2012-06-20 20:23

    If we really care about the education of our children, we should support this idea as it would change the mindset of all involved in education, especially the teachers.

      Christelle - 2012-06-20 20:57

      You are a wise man who clearly considers the future in stead of being stuck the past!

  • Martha1234 - 2012-06-20 20:32

    But it is an essential service, maybe it should be THE essenstial service. My kids are still small, but even if they are at home sick for a few days they miss out on so much. Education should be a priority of every government and teachers shoud be up there as some of the highest paid civil servants. Why should some deputy minister of shoelace tying be paid such a huge salary and teachers can barely survive? Teacher, police and nurses, they are the backbone of our society yet they are paid a pittance. Politicians should be the lowest paid, what the hell do they actually do?

  • patrick.saunders123 - 2012-06-20 20:34

    it threatens their cushy existence. Where else can an uneducated numpty keep a job for life?

  • lynda.pitcher.1 - 2012-06-20 20:40

    It hardly matters because the teachers who take part in the strikes are the ones who are hardly into the profession's finer points any way. The dedicated teachers who care about their learners seldom engage in strike activity.

  • Kolobe - 2012-06-20 20:44

    is this the same da closing 27 schools in the western cape?

      Christelle - 2012-06-20 20:52

      Are you talking about the schools with poor standard of teaching, children who struggle with the mastering of English as it is their second language and therefore have an extremely low passrate? Don't you think it wiser for them to enroll in schools where they can be taught in dual language and by a higher quality teacher.

      Christelle - 2012-06-20 20:54

      Oh Kolobe, and so by the way - that is the responsibilities which comes with the job - you have to do it properly or not at all. I am sure those teachers also screamed and shouted for jobs, and what do they do, they screw it up!!!

      richard.hipkin - 2012-06-20 20:55

      HUH?? They built 33 new ones...

      richard.hipkin - 2012-06-20 21:08

      So kolobe, you want poor children to continue to receive sub standard education by under performing schools? That's so ANC of you..

  • kenneth.kgosi - 2012-06-20 21:05

    Im with the DA here 'Teachers are not patriotic citizens they are selfish bunch of incompentent goons....nxaaaa....

      richard.hipkin - 2012-06-20 21:09

      Not all, only the SADTU members..

  • kenneth.kgosi - 2012-06-20 21:07

    Im with the DA here 'Teachers are not patriotic citizens they are selfish bunch of incompentent goons....nxaaaa....

  • BulletProof. - 2012-06-20 21:21

    The problem of this country is not the educated people that read the news papers is the ones that clean they ars on it.

  • Phelamanga - 2012-06-20 21:26

    The irony is that through its connection with COSATU, and COSATU being part of the ruling Tripartite Alliance, every time they strike, they strike against the very government of which they are part. The teaching profession is not the same as a business or industrial concern, yet SADTU treats the profession as if it is. There seems to be skewed logic in their workings and this comes from their adherence to the defunct and unworkable ideology of the National Democratic Revolution, yet, again, they cannot see that even if this NDR monster is implemented, they will need educated and capable people to make sure it works. It's time these kinds of Leftist organisations started to realise that the client is the child and the future is theirs. SADTU are not only irresponsible. They are also selfish and short-sighted criminals who are robbing the youth of their opportunities.

  • braamc - 2012-06-20 23:20

    They don't believe or have a sense of accountability or responsibility for that matter, like this corrupt government

  • JournoSergio - 2012-06-21 10:27

    In terms of protecting learners and students from a disruption in their schooling, making education an essential service makes sense. The problem however, as this article points out is that teachers will no longer be able to strike in order to put forward their needs in terms of salary increases. Perhaps they should be looking for the compromise instead of simply deciding on saying yes or no - which is obviously not working at this stage.

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