Memorandum on Post-Provisioning Pickets

HISTORICAL BACKGROUND

Our campaign against the current Post-provisioning model started far back as 2006, a year preceding the 2007 watershed ANC National Conference. We are deliberately mentioning this conference because the very same model we are fighting against was discussed and resolved that it needed to be improved.

Nothing happened.

The subsequent 2012 ANC National Conference in Mangaung deliberated and resolved on the same matter.

Still Nothing happened.

In 2008 the employer presented at the ELRC that the Council of Education Ministers had approved the broad principles of revising the current model, with the view of implementing the revised one in 2011.

Eight years down the line, the employer has still failed to present any revised model, despite numerous attempts from the union to discuss the matter.

In 2009 the employer further indicated that they were piloting the revised model and the outcomes of the pilot would then be presented to the ELRC for further engagement.

The employer still dismally failed to present such at the ELRC. They are stilling showing no interest of discussing the matter.

Whose agenda is the employer really serving? The Affluent or the Poor?

FACTS ABOUT THE CURRENT POST-PROVISIONING MODEL

  • The current model is still propelling the Neo-liberal policies of the west, of marginalising the working class and the poor so that they should continue to receive inferior education.
  • The conditions under which we are teaching are utterly unbearable;
  • The classrooms, more especially at township and rural schools are overcrowded, with no modern facilities;
  • Teachers at township and rural schools teach and administer classes of 60 and more learners on a daily basis, whereas this is not the case at ex – model C schools;
  • Teaching and administering learners above 25 at ex model C schools is a sin and regarded as a crime and not allowed, whereas the children of the poor and the working class are subjected to mass meetings instead of normal classroom sizes;
  • All these things are happening at the time when the curriculum is supposed to be learner-centered and prioritizing the development of the child as an individual. How on earth will a teacher reach out to all these 60 or more learners for them to receive individual attention?
  • There is an expectation that our townships and rural schools and learners should perform like these ex Model C schools and learners. This will remain a pipe dream if we can fail in or fight against this anti-poor post provisioning model;

THE FOLLOWING ARE CLASSICAL EXAMPLES OF DEPLORABLE CONDITIONS OUR MEMBERS AND LEARNERS AER FACING ON DAILY BASIS

The following Townships and rural schools remain deplorable centres, with an unacceptable situation of overcrowded classes:

  • It is unacceptable to have 205 learners in Grade 11E at St Patrick`s Senior Secondary School in Libode in the Eastern Cape.
  • It is wrong to cram 78 learners in both Grades 7A and 8A at Ncura Senior Secondary School in the Eastern Cape.
  • The children of the poor and the working class are crammed in a class with 72 learners in Grade 10B at Lingelihle Senior Secondary School in the Eastern Cape.
  • The teachers in Magnolia Primary School in Paarl are confronted with 53 learners in Grade 3B every day.

WE ARE THEREFORE SAYING:

  • NO to over-crowded classrooms; YES to smaller class sizes;
  • NO to the current formula of subject weighting; YES to an equitable formula that will best serve the interest of the poor majority;
  • NO to the model that promotes the interests of the elite; YES to Equity and Redress;

WE DEMAND ONE THING! AND ONE THING ONLY!:

TOTAL SCRAPPING OF THE CURRENT PETER MORKEL MODEL AND THE INRODUCTION OF THE MODEL THAT WILL SERVE THE MAJORITY OF THE POOR IN THIS COUNTRY.

LET US SAVE OUR NATION.

Presented at ……………………………….on this ………………..day of …………………..2016.

On behalf of SADTU

Presented by:……………………………………………………….

Signature:……………………………………………………………

On behalf of the Department of Basic Education

Received by:………………………………………………………..
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