SADTU FS media statement on expectations Education MEC Budget Speech

23 March 2021

The South African Democratic Teachers' Union in Free State is enthusiastically awaiting the budget speech by MEC for Education, Dr Tate Makgoe on 25 March 2021. Unlike the State of Province of Address that did not speak to many issues affecting schools including the plight of ECD/Grade R practitioners, we expect the MEC to pronounce on the following:

  • Stipends for ECD/practitioners who haven't received any increase since 2013, making Free State practitioners the lowest paid at R5, 600 per month. Early childhood development is the foundation for future development, providing a strong base for lifelong learning and learning abilities, including cognitive and social development of a child;
  • The funding of ECD & Grade R policy that seeks to up-skill the qualification of Grade R practitioners towards a Diploma in Grade R teaching;
  • Budget for Section 20 and partial-section 21 schools to be fully utilised for the needs that schools have budgeted for as opposed to schools being dictated on which grades to do top-up. With many challenges of non-delivery of LTSM, delivery of items not ordered and shortage on what schools have ordered, SADTU calls for the migration of all Section 20 and partial-section 21 schools to full Section 21 status;
  • Budget for the payment of outstanding allowances for educators who conducted extra classes organised by the department of education where they were promised to be paid;
  • The resources to support learners who are unable to attend classes due to Covid-19 related circumstances. Such learners are left behind in terms of curriculum as their educators are also unable to reach out to them because of the challenge of resources from both sides.

ISSUED BY PROVINCIAL SECRETARIAT

Mokholoane Moloi: Provincial Secretary: 076 811 2777
Kedibone Frank: Deputy Secretary : 079 886 3317