The South African Democratic Teachers’ Union would like to note the statement by our Cabinet on the matter of education. We will respond to the statement at an appropriate time.

We reiterate our position that education is a public good and that the government has a responsibility to provide quality public education. The State has a responsibility to provide schools with qualified and well motivated teachers. It also has a responsibility to ensure that all schools have the required infrastructure and facilities to ensure a proper learning and teaching environment.

We call upon our members to continue with the mobilization programme and work to rule in preparation for a national industrial action in defense of collective bargaining to ensure sustained labour peace and for the promotion of quality public education for the African working class child.