SADTU’S expectations from the basic education budget

SADTU is looking forward to the tabling of the Department of Basic Education Budget vote by honorable Minister for Basic Education Department  Angie Motshekga in parliament this afternoon.

The demands of quality public education require that the budget provides for the following which are long overdue:

  • Increased budget for teacher training and development;
  • Address the issue of post provisioning norms which, if not handled properly, will continue to negatively affect class sizes.
  • Better salaries and conditions of service for teachers
  • Formalization and professionalization of teachers who are in Early Childhood Development and Basic Adult Education;
  • Incentives for educators;
  • Safety and security in our schools. No effective learning and teaching can take place in our schools if the teachers and learners to do not feel safe.

These demands are not only meant to bring about quality public education and professionalization of the teaching profession as promised by the ANC’s election manifesto but to fulfill what is envisaged in the radical second phase of our socio-economic transformation .  In this period, we must see the strengthening of state intervention into the economy to ensure among others;   job creation, a sustained public sector led infrastructure programme, salary and wage policies that ensure greater equality, land reform that is focused on sustainable livelihoods and productive activity by those who work the land.

N.B. THE WORDS - THIS AFTERNOON - ON THE FIRST PARAGRAPH ARE MEANT FOR TUESDAY, 15 JULY.

ISSUED BY: SADTU Secretariat