SADTU NW Media Statement Post PEC Meeting

5 December 2021

The South African Democratic Teachers’ Union in the North West Province held its last Provincial Executive Committee (PEC) meeting for the year on the 03th - 04th December 2021 in Mafikeng, Royal Aloe Guest Lodge. The PEC deliberated on a number of issues that included organizational, education and politics since the last meeting.

The PEC took place during the 16 Days of Activism against Abuse of Women and Children. The PEC vowed to support the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children campaign.

On the administration of the provincial department of education  

The PEC has noted the alleged appointment of the acting administrator in the province. This is as a result of the special leave granted to the incumbent administrator, Mr JNT Mohlala by the Department of Basic Education (DBE) following his arrest and later release on bail following his involvement in the VBS Mutual Bank saga, while he was the Municipal Manager at the Fetakgomo Municipality in Limpopo.

The PEC has noted with great disappointment that the acting administrator was parachuted to the province and upon his arrival relevant stakeholders in the NWDoE were not and still have not been taken on board. The union views this as a manifestation of utter disrespect and disregard of the stakeholder in the province by the department. The union is of the firm view that thorough background checks be made prior to any appointment and such a person should possess the necessary requisite skills and expertise to turn the department around. The department, working closely with stakeholders, should be involved in assessing and monitoring the work that is supposed to be done to check progress.

The union further reflected on some administrative challenges that are facing the department and need urgent attention:

  • Lack of cooperation from the employer party and non-implementation of chamber decisions.
  • Recruitment and selection process (Circular 37 school based – promotional post) many schools are left without or have skeletal management teams e.g. Boiterelo with Principal and One departmental head only of the expected 6 members of the management team.
  • Delay or non-appointment of office- based posts. e.g subject specialists
  • Non – payment of EA’s and GSA’s
  • Failure by the employer to pay the Rural incentive,
  • Delay in the finalization of the Organizational structure
  • Inconsistent implementation of ELRC Collective Agreement No 4/2018 (Permanent appointment of temporary educators)
  • Infrastructural challenges

On COVID-19

The PEC noted the rising number of COVID- 19 cases and the reports on the new variant that is causing lot of panic and strain to the communities. The union reiterated its position to encourage its members and communities at large to take a jab in an effort to mitigate risks of contracting the virus and saving lives. We should always encourage people to observe the non-pharmaceutical interventions and avoid super spread events.

 

On Early Childhood Development (ECD) Function Shift

The PEC noted and appreciated the progress report on the function shift but further acknowledged the role of SACE in order to look into the professional aspect of the ECD function shift. The PEC resolved to continuously engage on the subject and monitor progress made.

On Violence in Schools

The PEC noted the incidents of violence in our schools across the province. The union calls the department to play its part in addressing issues of security in schools. The PEC resolved to move with speed to cascade the “I AM A SCHOOL FAN “Campaign in the 6 regions in the province during the 1st and 2nd term of 2022.  The campaign seeks to raise awareness and calls on different stakeholders - teachers, learners, parents, department of education, SAPS and community organizations to fight against the scourge of violence in schools.

On Local government elections

The PEC noted the poor performance of the ANC in the 2021 local government elections. The Meeting noted the need for the Alliance to make an honest and frank analysis of the reasons that led to this performance and develop strategies to address such. The PEC acknowledges that if the declining trends are not closely monitored and corrective measures put in place, such could lead to a worse situation come the 2024 general elections. The PEC further called on the ANC to hold all its public representatives accountable and prioritize service delivery.  The ANC has to step - up and redouble its efforts to decisively deal with corruption.

AS SADTU we are of a strong view that the administration has not turned things around. Instead, the situation seems to be worse than it was before, hence we will be engaging various stakeholders, including COSATU, Progressive Youth Alliance(PYA) and NASGB, among others to call for the review of Section 100 administration in the North West province.

SADTU congratulates her member and principal of Sunrise View Secondary School, Agnes Rasesemola for winning the 2021 African Union Continental Teacher Award.

ISSUED BY SECRETARIAT

Provincial Secretary, George Themba:  071 385 4659

Deputy Provincial Secretary, Masaele Cindi: 067 412 7053