SADTU NW media statement on the NSC Matric Results

9 January 2019

The South African Democratic Teachers Union (SADTU) in the North West welcomes the 2018 National Senior Certificate (Matric) results and congratulate the class of 2018 Teachers as well as the learners for the hard work and attaining 81.1% pass rate which is 1,7% improvement from 2017 results.

Teachers in general and our members in particular are applauded for their sacrifices in putting more effort and working tirelessly by teaching extra-time in the form of morning classes, holiday classes, Saturday classes and study camps.

Whilst we appreciate the performance and success notably, there are areas that the Department of Education and Sport Development should improve and some of them are captured as follows:

  1. Overloaded classes as a result of impractical Post Provisioning Model that over-burdens educators.
  2. Delay in the filling of critical vacant substantive posts like Departmental Heads, Principals, Provincial Subject Coordinators and Subject Specialists.
  3. Lack of development and adequate funding of a programme to assist progressed leaners
  4.  Lack of proper and informed developmental programmes to capacitate educators especially in the new subjects like Technical Mathematics and Technical Sciences.
  5. Limited provision of resources to office-based staff particularly Subject Specialists to provide support to classroom-based educators.
  6. Curbing Departmental Heads to a maximum number of 4 irrespective of the number of learners in a particular school.

The above and many other challenges continue to make it difficult for educators to achieve beyond expectations. As SADTU we will continue to engage the Department to address these challenges. SADTU members in North West remain resolute to realize a fully transformed quality public education system and are committed to work decisively with the Department of Education and Sport Development to deliver quality education.

As we prepare for academic year 2019 we wish to invite all the stakeholders to play a meaningful role in the Education system of our country. Further, we urge communities to desist from targeting schools and disrupting teaching and learning during the service delivery protests.

We wish all the teachers, learners and broader stakeholders within the education fraternity a peaceful and successful 2019 academic year.

Prepared by Secretariat

Provincial Secretary : George Themba 071 385 4659

Deputy Provincial Secretary : Masaele Cindi 082 809 0064