4 August 2009
SADTU has raised concern about the safety of its members, learners and teachers in general following the intimidation of 14 teachers at Ntembisweni Primary school. All the teachers are members of SADTU.
Schools are part and parcel of the communities where they are situated. The community should be the first to protect schools and the teachers. We are sad and disappointed to learn that it is the community that is turning against the teachers.
The province of KwaZulu/Natal is known for high levels of political intolerance which we thought was addressed, however this incident is an indication that it is rearing its ugly head again. We cannot bear nor tolerate this situation which, in the past, caused untold damage to the delivery of education in our rural and township schools with some schools being forced to close their doors due to fear and intimidation. It is high time that some of these political parties which still live in the past harbouring hooligans , respect the will of the majority and agree to live side by side as all have a right to exist.
As SADTU, we are committed to the Quality Education and Learning Campaign where we stipulated that there should be a teacher in front of a learner, on time and prepared.
Teachers are professionals and employees of the department of education. We welcome the prompt response by the SADTU leadership in KZN and the provincial Department of Education to investigate the matter. However, we are calling upon the national ministry of police to intervene immediately and have these hooligans brought to book.
SADTU will never support that our children be taught by desk-jumpers. We want our children to be taught by quality teachers for quality education. The department must provide security with immediate effect to all the teachers and learners in the area.
Issued by: SADTU Secretariat.
Nomusa Cembi, Media Officer @ 0827195157