SADTU IS

CityPress - - Voices - Ofentse Mokae Kim­ber­ley

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?

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