27 October 2016
SADTU KZN is highly disturbed by what is unfolding around Umsinga. We are reliably informed that because of faction fights in the community some learners, especially boys, are having difficulty in getting to their schools and write their Matric examinations. The affected schools include the following:
1. Ntabende Primary school.
2. Bhambatha High School.
3. Macingwane High School.
4. Kwazenzele High School.
5. Umbonje High School.
We have always maintained that education remains a pivotal societal matter and as such we expect our communities to protect our schools, our teachers and learners and infact see to it that all the schools in their area become centres of excellence. It is also very disturbing that in the process one of the teachers has been killed though at the moment we cannot say it is part of the faction fights. Our interest as SADTU is to see all learners getting the opportunity to write exams without any disturbances and intimidation.
As SADTU we recommend the following:
These recommendations are put forward informed by the knowledge and understanding that it has never been the intention of the Department to exclude these learners from the learning and assessment program. Equally so, it is not the making of these learners that they are finding themselves in the centre of faction fights. With this, the Tribal Authority is expected to assist to resolve these issues and also bring back stability in the area. SADTU sends condolences to the family of the teacher who was killed as well as to the Union he belonged to.
LET THE 2016 MATRIC EXAMS RUN SMOOTHLY IN ALL SCHOOLS. IT IS IN THE INTEREST OF ALL MEMBERS OF SOCIETY. LET`S WORK TOGETHER TO ENSURE THAT THE CLASS OF 2016 SUCCEEDS
Issued by the Secretariat on behalf of the Provincial Executive committee