In a series of recommendations published last week, the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (African Commission) expressed its deep concerns about the growth and lack of regulation of private schools in Uganda, which could be in violation of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ rights. The African Commission expressed its worry that “that the increase in the establishment of private schools […] could result in discrimination against children from low-income households”. It further noted that the growth of private education “has been encouraged by the Government”, which “raises the concern of the government gradually releasing itself from the obligation to provide quality public education”.
SADTU welcomes the 2016 budget presented by Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan. The budget speech has come at a time when the country is facing the challenge of addressing the declining confidence in the rand and to meet the expectations for a better life from mil-lions of South Africans.
SADTU in North West is not happy with the Department of Basic Education`s posture. SADTU North West held its Provincial Executive Committee meeting on the 12th and 13th of February 2016. Guided by vows and commitments the Union has towards Public Quality Education, the PEC reflected on the factors that cause the system not to deliver.
The South African Democratic Teachers Union in Free State have welcomed the State of the Province Address by the Honourable Premier Ace Magashule on the 16th February 2016.
SADTU is calling on its members to boycott the Department of Basic Education (DBE)`s call to work with the South African Football Association (SAFA) co-ordinators to a ensure a seamless school football programme. Football in schools has, for years, been run by the South African Schools Football Association (SASFA) which SADTU members played a critical role in its formation and operation.
SADTU Limpopo Province is concerned about ministerial utterances regarding poor matric performance.
SADTU Limpopo Province has noted with serious concern that some political parties are visiting schools and addressing during school hours encouraging learners to boycott classes, burn municipal property, Departmental Circuit offices and schools demanding additional teachers, buildings and water provisions.
SADTU Limpopo Province would like to take this opportunity to welcome all of its members and staff back to their respective workplaces after a well-deserved rest during the festive season. We believe that all of you took the time to recharge your batteries and energies for the tasks that lie ahead of us in the 2016 academic year. We hope that all of you are ready and raring to embrace the new academic year with a singularity of mind and resolve to shake things up and ensure that this year becomes one of the most successful one in our province with regard to delivering quality public education for all. The future of our children and society lies in our hands, hence our people expect no less from us other than to put our shoulders on the wheel and ensure that we improve things for the better!
SADTU notes the impact that the "#FeesMustFall" movement has had in the country in recent months. We commend the students and their organised formations in the form of Progressive Youth Alliance structures for having revitalised the fight for access to quality education. We believe that these are genuine struggles of the working class and they must be protected as such. We must remain vigilant and resist all attempts by some groupings to hijack genuine struggles and use them to advance political agendas.
As schools open their doors to welcome hundreds and thousands of learners across the country to start the 2016 academic year, the South African Democratic Teachers` Union (SADTU) re-commits itself to defend quality public education and close ranks against those who seek to destroy collective bargaining in education, a right that we fought for as workers.
The National Senior Certificate results still reflect the economic disparities. SADTU welcomes the 2015 National Senior Certificate results albeit cautiously. We congratulate both the learners and the teachers. Although the results show a 5,1 % decline from 2014, we welcome the improvement in terms of the numbers and quality passes from learners in Quintiles 1 to 3 who are mainly township and rural schools and are generally perceived as poor performers.
We learned with a great shock and sadness that our Researcher Samuel Fenyane had passed way after a short illness on 26 December 2015. His departure has robbed the Union and the country of one of the most dedicated servants of our people, particularly the membership.
SADTU says NHI will bring equity in accessing quality health care. The South African Democratic Teachers` Union (SADTU) welcomes the long-awaited release of the White Paper on the National Health Insurance (NHI) for public comment.
The National Executive Committee (NEC) of the South African Democratic Teachers’ Union (SADTU) held its last meeting for the year at Kopanong Hotel in Benoni on 8 and 9 December 2015. The meeting took place at a crucial time in the country’s calendar as we observe the 16-days of no-violence against women and children. The campaign is critical towards changing stereotypes and behaviors to improve gender relations and fight the scourge of violence. The Union commemorated the campaign at Lusikisiki in Eastern Cape on the 28th of November 2015.
The South African Democratic Teachers Union (SADTU) unconditionally supports our sister union POPCRU in its struggle to assert the rights of the police officers. These brave comrades stand between the citizens of the country and the violent criminals who assail us, on a daily basis.
SADTU in the Eastern Cape has learnt with disbelief, the news of the launch of a public sector union - The South African Public Service Union in the province. What is shocking is the fact that this Union is led by expelled SADTU President Thobile Ntola who has absconded from his duties as a School Principal claiming to be sick but is fit to campaign for his Union.
COSATU public service unions are infuriated by government’s failure to implement the current agreement on Government Employees Housing Scheme (GEHS) that was signed in May 2015. The agreement amongst other issues states that, the housing allowance for all qualifying employees will be increased from R900.00 to R1200.00 for those who are paying housing loans and those who have dwellings in the rural areas. The provision of R1200.00 was supposed to be implemented in July 2015 but three months have passed without any action from the employer
The South African Democratic Teachers’ Union (SADTU) wishes the 2015 Matric Class good luck in their National Senior Certificate examinations which officially begin today until the 30th of November 2015.