The South African Democratic Teachers’ Union (SADTU) welcomes Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene’s budget speech delivered in parliament yesterday. We welcome the fact that the budget allocation for education continues to increase. R640 billion will be allocated to basic education during the next three years.
SADTU in the Gauteng province is disturbed by the disruption of teaching and learning at Roodepoort Primary school. This is orchestrated by some parents and teachers who have allegations of maladministration against the school principal.
The article on the South African Democratic Teachers’ Union (SADTU) which appeared in the Daily Dispatch on Wednesday 18 February 2015 attributed to one Aaron Mhlontlo is false. Firstly, we would like to set the record straight that Mhlontlo does not speak for SADTU in the Eastern Cape. He was suspended from the Union during the meeting of the National Executive Committee in May 2014 . He has no authority or even a legal standing to represent SADTU.
The media are hereby invited to training workshop of 120 principals in KwaZulu-Natal run by the South African Democratic Teachers’ Union. The principals will receive training on Professional Learning Communities, Instruction Leadership and School Governance and Management through the Union’s School Management Training (SMT) programme.
For two years the Western Cape Government kept these schools hostage as part of an ill conceived plan of the then MEC for Education, Donald Grant. This caused instability in communities, uncertainty amongst teachers and support staff, as well as confusion amongst learners. The emotional scars will linger for many years.
The Department has come up with the 1+4 Programme following unacceptable low 2014 ANA results for Grade 9 Mathematics of 10,8%. The Programme will require that Grade 8 and 9 Mathematics teachers attend Professional Learning Communities workshops one day per week where they will share knowledge and come up with solutions to implement in their respective schools.
The Media Conference will be held as follows:
DATE : 04 FEBRUARY 2015
TIME : 12H00
VENUE : 321 SMITH STREET , FOURTH FLOOR, SADTU HOUSE.
The South African Democratic Teachers Union wants to join the majority of South Africans in welcoming the decision by the Minister of Justice, Minister Michael Masutha, not to grant Clive Derby-Lewis medical parole.
Report on Public Service Negotiations on outstanding issues and 2015/2016 wage demands
Labour met with the Employer at Special meeting(s) of the PSCBC and tabled its substantive demands for negotiations as follows:
A meeting of the “Education Alliance” was convened on the 19th of January 2015, Johannesburg. The progressive Education Alliance consists of SADTU, NEHAWU and POPCRU, progressive youth, students, learner formations and the National Association of School Governing Bodies.
SADTU in the Western Cape has noted with concern that thousands of learners do not have school shoes and socks and therefore embarked on a campaign to assist needy learners.
The Union received the news about the passing away of Mrs Nwendamutshu the MEC of Education with shock and great sadness.
SADTU takes this opportunity to pass condolences to the Nwendamutshu family, Head of Department, Provincial Administration and the ANC in Limpopo.
The South African Democratic Teachers Union wishes to join the chorus of South Africans that have wished the ANC well on its 103rd anniversary. As the teachers of this country, we are proud to be associated with a movement that was born out of the aspirations, hopes and dreams of the masses of our people. The ANC has, since time immemorial, championed the interests of the most vulnerable in society, and continues to do so.
Enrolment, Retention and Throughput
SADTU would like to congratulate the class of 2014 on their achievement in the National Senior Certificate Examination. We want to thank the teachers for their continued hard work and dedication in educating these learners from the first to the last Grade under extremely difficult work conditions.
2014 The year that was
South Africa has just attained a milestone of celebrating twenty years of democracy. Our democracy is maturing so must our systems of governance. As our democracy matures, so must our efforts to realize the objectives of our National Democratic Revolution intensify. We remain committed to advancing the cause of the working class.
Today, teachers and school based education personnel are closing for the December holidays. Today, our SADTU offices are also closing. We are saying SADTU offices because as leaders, we are expected to continue working as and when the need arises.
Please be aware of the distribution of cancellation forms by unscrupulous individuals misleading members to cancel their SADTU membership and joining a non – existent union.
This is an opposed application for leave to appeal to the Full Court of this
Division, against the whole of my judgment (with the exception of the
finding on jurisdiction) handed down on 23 September 2014, wherein I
dismissed the applicants` application and directed the third applicant to
pay the costs of the application in his personal capacity.
Taking the decision was not easy but after months of being taunted by NUMSA, the COSATU CEC had to expel NUMSA from the Federation amid cries that this would lead to a split in COSATU.
NUMSA has been sowing divisions by failing to observe the “one union, one industry” policy destabilising other affiliate members in the industries where they organise.