Members' Statement
IFP Condemns Yet Another Looming SADTU Strike


National Assembly: Cape Town, 09 November 2011

 

 Speaker:

 

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.