IFPYB - Make Education An Essential Service

24 April 2013    


The on-going power tussle between SADTU and Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga is paralysing the plight and progress of education in South Africa.


The continued politicisation of unions is of serious detriment to the maintenance of healthy democratic checks and balances. SADTU in particular is flexing its muscles at Minister Motshekga because they are riding high on the crest of political influence in the tripartite alliance. SADTU is single-handedly collapsing an already struggling education system.


Whatever beef, gripe and issue SADTU might have with the minister does not in any way warrant the on-going situation of a go-slow or this strike action taking place today.


Quite frankly this strike of today is highly unprofessional and typical of people who do not care about the future of our country. SADTU should not throw the baby out with the bath water simply because it has a beef with Minister Motshekga; learners should not suffer because of a political squabble arising out of tensions in the tripartite alliance. Out of respect one will not say their behaviour is childish but rather it is childlike.


In 2012 the President of the IFP pointed out in his response to the State of the Nation address that "(SADTU) the ANC-aligned Union continues to act like an organisation hell-bent on destroying the future of our children. SADTU should be rebuked, not praised, for their actions have aggravated and deepened the crisis in our education system. Instead of acting like responsible educators, some members of SADTU have, on numerous occasions, proven themselves irresponsible, unprofessional and unfit to educate South Africa's learners."


In light of the strike action today this observation is correct.


The IFPYB is firmly of the view that the time has come for education to be declared an essential service to protect the collective interests of learners and our common future which is dependent on a literate, skilled, knowledgeable and educated workforce.


The time has come to do that which is right and correct; education must be declared an essential service.


The previously disadvantaged communities continue to be presently disadvantaged. The children of SADTU members go to the former Model C schools which continue to teach today, whilst the learners in rural, semi-urban and township schools bear the brunt of SADTU's temper-tantrum.


We are making a clarion call to all South Africans to reject SADTU and its clandestine attempts to keep the black child unlearned and ignorant.


Government must man up and declare education an essential service to safeguard the process of learning and teaching from unnecessary disruptions.



Contact: IFPYB National Chairperson, Mkhuleko Hlengwa MP, 083 871 2711