18 May 2021
The South African Democratic Teachers' Union in the North West (SADTU NW) has noted, with concern, the failure by the North West Department of Education to provide schools with revised Post Provisioning Norms (PPNs) two weeks into the new term. What concerns the Union most is that schools with huge enrolment, after submitting the 10-day snap surveys, are left in limbo to find solutions on their own.
Failure by departmental officials to carry out their responsibilities has a negative impact on effective learning and teaching in schools. With the magnitude of work and tasks schools are faced with, it will not be feasible for them to provide learners with quality education.
It is now becoming a trend that on a yearly basis the Union has to call and remind the department of their own responsibilities.
The schools with high enrolment rate are highly disadvantaged as educators have to deal with high number of learners on an already overloaded system. The situation, as it currently is, leaves some schools frustrated and not able to carry on with their day to day running due to the overload that educators are experiencing and thus no effective learning and teaching takes place.
The conduct by the officials responsible for finalising the PPN is unbecoming and highly unacceptable as it denies the learners the opportunity to be taught and surely that is against the spirit of Quality Learning and Teaching Campaign (QLTC). We really suspect that such behavior is condoned by lack of consequence management from those responsible to oversee that the processes are in place, something that cannot be said nor allowed when teachers are involved.
We remain committed to Quality Public Education and will ensure that issues that affect our members are addressed.
As SADTU in the North West we call upon the Administrator to act swiftly in addressing this abnormal situation and afford schools the necessary personnel needed to carry out their responsibilities.
We further call for an investigation on this continuous mishap and drastic actions be taken against those failing the system.
ISSUED BY: Secretariat
Provincial Secretary: George Themba 071 385 4659
Deputy Provincial Secretary: Masaele Cindi 067 412 7053