Public Sector Workers Demonstrating in South Africa last Month
The South African Democratic Teachers Union (SADTU) is set to continue its fight with the government - demanding decent conditions for schools
SADTU was on strike last month with other public service workers to demand a wage and housing allowance increase (see previous posts). Since then SADTU have refused to sign the deal which brought an end to the public sector strike.
Their president Thobile Ntola said teachers could not be expected to do their jobs properly in appalling conditions.:“It means if we are still in mud schools and there are still learners who learn under trees, we must fight,” he said.
The decision of the national executive not to ratify the deal will be reviewed at SADTU's congress. In their statement for World Teachers' Day earlier this week SADTU said:
“When one looks back 20 years later (since the founding of SADTU), we commend what has been achieved but the road towards true transformation in education is far from over.
By educating our children, teachers ensure that poverty is eliminated. Therefore, the role of teachers is central to social, economic and intellectual rebuilding.
As we did in 1990 when we brought apartheid education to its knees, let us again act like true revolutionaries by ensuring that the kind of education we impart to our children, makes them to be better citizens of this world and not mere tools to prop up the economic systems that have for decades, failed this world.”
Like teachers all over the world teachers in South Africa are in a struggle against neo-liberal education policies which put profit and the needs of the market before those of children.