During its national congress at the weekend, teacher union Sadtu rejected progressive and much-needed steps aimed at addressing challenges and shortcomings in our education system.
It is disappointing that the union, which is a major stakeholder in the sector, has taken an official position to reject measures that are a step in the right direction.
It is a widely accepted view that a comprehensive strategy is needed to overhaul the education system in South Africa.
Measures such as performance contracts with school principals, a biometric reporting system for teachers and declaring teaching an essential service are all a step in the right direction and should be welcomed. If we want to do away with mediocrity and a culture of complacency, these measures should be welcomed – or is Sadtu thinking otherwise?
It’s gravely concerning when the biggest teacher union in the country shows a middle finger to such progressive measures. Is Sadtu sending a message that it condones poor performances, the failing education system and the huge challenges our country is faced with?