National Assembly: Cape Town, 09 November 2011
Once again, teachers belonging to SADTU are
threatening to strike in the middle of the matric exams.
SADTU want 53 000 Eastern Cape teachers to
strike from Friday, demanding that the provincial education
department reinstate temporary teachers whose contracts were
terminated last year, and because SADTU claims the department
failed to consult them
over the number of teaching posts the department would
fund next year.
Each year, teachers aligned to SADTU find some
excuse to disrupt matric exams, putting learners' final year at
school's exams in jeopardy.
Learners have put 12 long years into these
exams, and we would hope that teachers would recognize this and
demand that their union SADTU realize that every learner taught
has the right to uninterrupted teaching time, right up to and
during these exams.
It is only a matter of weeks before all the
schools close and learners begin their annual holidays. Why must
a strike be called now, instead of during the school holidays?
The IFP strongly condemns these actions of
SADTU and calls upon the Department of Education to insist that
teachers put a stop to disrupting schools during term time.
I thank you.