Teachers' rights to strike remain - Zuma

2013-02-14 20:40

Cape Town - Making education an essential service will not take away teachers' constitutional rights such as the right to strike, President Jacob Zuma said on Thursday.

Delivering his State of the Nation speech to a joint sitting of the two Houses of Parliament, he said it meant that the government wanted "the education sector and society as a whole to take education more seriously than is happening currently".

All successful societies had one thing in common: they invested in education.

"We declared education as an apex priority in 2009. We want to see everyone in the country realising that education is an essential service for our nation," he said.

Decent salaries and conditions of service would play an important role in attracting, motivating, and retaining skilled teachers.

"In this regard, we will establish a Presidential Remuneration Commission which will investigate the appropriateness of the remuneration and conditions of service provided by the state to all its employees.

"I have directed that the first priority should be teachers."

The commission would also assess the return on investment.

"In elevating education to its rightful place, we want to see an improvement in the quality of learning and teaching and the management of schools.

"We want to see an improvement in attitudes, posture, and outcomes. Working with educators, parents, the community, and various stakeholders, we will be able to turn our schools into centres of excellence," he said.

Much still had to be done to improve maths, science, and technology, and the basic education department would establish a national task team to strengthen the implementation of the maths, science, and technology strategy.

"We urge the private sector to partner government through establishing, adopting, or sponsoring maths and science academies, or Saturday schools," Zuma said.

  • samuel.maleka - 2013-02-14 20:53

    You are such a great preacher!! With No action

  • sthembiso.jali.50 - 2013-02-14 21:00

    now you r talking. !

      raymond.buis.3 - 2013-02-14 22:21

      Yeah that's the problem all Zuma ever does is talk. No action just blah blah blah.

      Saamprater - 2013-02-15 07:47

      Jali, more people to use private schools and guess who is the biggest losers? Yes man, strike again please, strike till you have no more reason to strike except striking because the public schools keep on replicating your kind of moronic thinking citizens. Great stuff, and they gave you a vote?

  • ivan.robberts - 2013-02-14 21:03

    empty words!

  • abdul.cassiem.9 - 2013-02-14 21:07

    First investigate if thy r really teachers to many fake degrees out thr

  • infijar.ken - 2013-02-14 21:09

    "the education sector and society as a whole to take education more seriously than is happening currently". How about the effing Ministry responsible, and the useless Minister No Books Needed for Edukashun!

  • wayne.vandriel - 2013-02-14 21:12

    Hahahahaha! Good one! Oh sorry, he's actually serious.

  • Danette Janse van Rensburg - 2013-02-14 21:37

    Although I am all for this, declaring education an essential service, is not going to change the outcome! Once again you are trying to fix the problem by starting in the wrong place! Why not make it ESSENTIAL for a teacher to have the right academic credentials to teach a specific subject?! I personally do not believe that you can teach maths, for example, if you do not have the appropriate qualification!

  • mlungisi - 2013-02-14 22:00

    Zuma is on point! Some people need stop to insult him and focus on getting this country moving forward. Also private sector need to stop ripping off our gorv, it's our tax you are stealing, and give the public bad service. Those tenders are there to also support your companies and help the public. Stop running to gorv officials with bribes. People stop giving traffic cops R20, your are perpetrating corruption. If all people can stop that ish, trust me we will see progress!

      jc.smit - 2013-02-14 22:21

      How do you stop corruption in a country where the "leaders" teach their "followers" so well. Blame it on the private sector, blame it on apartheid, blame it on the westerners, just don't blame it on Government... Time to take responsibility for your and your parties actions Mr.Zuma

      mapepaki - 2013-02-15 06:54

      malondolo I hear you, but corruption starts from the top and filters down. In a perfect world your theory would work, but South Africa is far from perfect. What are you going to do to make it perfect in your eyes. Gov officials are looking for bribes, cops are looking for back-hands, How please enlighten me are the private sector ripping off the government, it's our tax THEY are stealing, and giving away.

      Saamprater - 2013-02-15 07:51

      The citizens follow the example of their thieving corrupt leader(s). If you don't change them, nothing will change. Stop shifting blame but take responsibility for the vote you cast. After all, you get the leader you vote for.

      markjack.deppe - 2013-02-15 10:06

      Malondolo, Zuma is asking to be insulted. He is the leader of the ANC and they are governing this country {Down the wrong path I might add}He has so many skeletons in the closet do you honestly think our people should not criticise him for his wrongdoings?? He should show that he is serious on rooting out corruption by firing his minister of police, education, etc. Does he do this ?? NO. So he is then protecting his 'comrades' which makes him as bad as them.

  • bruce.gauld.5 - 2013-02-14 22:00

    Its never you or your bloody parties fault is it!!?? Always telling society to sharpen up when its you and your pathetic circle of cave men and women who do ALL the fuking up!! Why don't you pull your fingure out of your bum and just fukc off out of government. You bloody people are so good at 'highlighting' the so called problems when in fact it is YOU that is the problem!! You forgat about ANENE already haven't you?? Fat useless slug!!

  • craven.luyt - 2013-02-14 22:04

    Plenty task teams, no universities built. Commissions of enquiry aplenty, houses less so. Weekly lekgotlas, schools in ruins. Hundreds of pointless court cases, no jobs. No accountability, vigorous finger pointing. Centenary celebrations over medicines in clinics. Mercs instead of books.

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  • Strikeback - 2013-02-14 22:31

    Essential service, but teachers retain the right ro strike! What about the constitutional right to education? How and why do we keep on protecting the rights of some people at a cost to others? What are we telling the youth of today? Is it acceptable that you take away the rights of others to protect your rights?

      marius.fourie.526 - 2013-02-15 06:35

      @strikeback I agree. The one is contradicting the other. They want to spend I think R408m on a system to check if teachers are at work, is that not the principle's work to see whether his/her teachers rocked up for work? We are already paying him/her! O I just thought of something....who is checking whether the principle is at work.....

  • rene.oosthuizen.75 - 2013-02-15 05:23

    You know what else would help? TEXTBOOKS!!!

  • lynne.barker.7 - 2013-02-15 05:39

    Essential service means being at work and working on every working day come rain or shine. Being free to take off and leave learners in the lurch is NOT AN OPTION just so that you can have a "strike holiday"

  • robes.spear - 2013-02-15 05:49

    South Africa needs a leader, not a spineless, thieving demagogue!

      Saamprater - 2013-02-15 07:52

      She is busy putting up her hand.

  • drexel.drexel.7 - 2013-02-15 06:24

    what about a child's right to education you f*ing knob nose

  • mapepaki - 2013-02-15 06:57

    In one breath Zuma say's teachers have the right to strike, in the next breath he say's violent strikes must end. All strikers in this country are violent make up your bloody mind.

  • Shane Kelly - 2013-02-15 06:58

    He is a spineless plank.

  • Saamprater - 2013-02-15 07:44

    So the unions are in control then.

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2013-02-15 15:08

    What a relief. Imagine if they can't toi toi for weeks on end while the children don't get educated. You just can't take that away from those who do not even know that a blackboard needs a wet cloth from time to time.

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