6 January 2017
The South African Democratic Teachers` Union in the Free State Province is delighted about the performance of matric class of 2016. We congratulate all learners who managed to get that all important certificate that will open a new world of opportunities for them.
We commend the teachers and SADTU members in particular because as the majority Union in the province, they did the bulk of the work which ensured that the province was not only top in the country but will go down the history annals as the one that beat the 90% threshold.
In the same breath, we appreciate efforts by the Free State Department of Education under the leadership of MEC Tate Makgoe and HOD Stanley Malope. Their intervention programmes have over a period of time contributed immensely in the improvement of results. The long cordial relationship between the union and department promoted labour peace which is the cornerstone of stability at respective workplaces. This has however not deterred the union from being vocal when working conditions of members are trampled on.
This historic feat for the province was achieved when in the second term of 2016, SADTU members embarked on a massive work-to-rule campaign demanding the provisioning of quality public education and defending collective bargaining. Indeed the work-to-rule yielded the desired results as teachers during and post the campaign focused on and channelled all their energies on delivery of core business which is teaching and learning; proving true to what has become our mantra - "We can fight and teach at the same time". They diligently performed their revolutionary task and went extra mile - without compensation - conducting extra classes on daily basis, in the morning, afternoon and weekends. They sacrificed their holidays and comfort of their beds in the interest of learners. Some slept in schools supervising learners in the absence of their parents.
Even though the campaign left many poorer through application of the No Work No Pay policy which turns a blind eye to weekends, holidays and early morning classes, we feel vindicated by this pass.
We further commend all districts for performing above 80% and accolades go to Xhariep, Fezile Dabi and Thabo Mofutsanyana for being amongst the five best performing districts in the country. We call on the department of education to expedite the implementation of the decision to fill all outstanding funded critical posts which include those of the Chief Directors and District Directors of Thabo Mofutsanyana and Lejweleputswa as per the directive of the Premier in response to our demands.
As we venture into the New Year we will be intensifying our campaign on quality public education where overcrowding of learners in classes, provisioning of infrastructure and delivery of textbooks will be prioritised.
SADTU remains committed to Quality Learning and Teaching Campaign (QLTC) and the union has over a period of time through our Curtis Nkondo Professional Development Institute trained senior phase teachers, SMTs and Foundation Phase teachers in our endeavour to lay a solid foundation which is the cornerstone of sustainable results in Grade 12.
To the learners who could not make it, they should not despair rather work much harder during supplementary examinations and be inspired by the words of the American writer Elbert Hubbard who said: "A little more persistence, a little more effort, and what seemed hopeless failure may turn to glorious success".
Issued by Provincial Secretariat
Provincial Secretary: Mokholoane Moloi : 076 811 2777
Deputy Secretary : Sifuba Ntombizanele : 079 691 7358