'Teachers' on strike standby

2010-08-06 13:37

Johannesburg - The Western Cape education department is prepared for the stayaway by teachers unions on Tuesday, the provincial minister of education Donald Grant said on Friday.

There were a number of contingency plans in place, he said.

District officials were determining which schools would be most affected by the industrial action and they were arranging for extra support personnel to be made available at those schools, said Grant in a statement.

"We have systems in place to monitor absenteeism levels of educators and will deploy, at short-notice, [education department] officials, wherever possible to help supervise classes," he said.

"Should a class be without an educator, learners are encouraged to continue to read, write and calculate, using their textbooks and any other material available, for example, crosswords in newspapers, or a book from their school or local library."

Grant said Grade 12 pupils should use this time for revision, consulting past examination papers and go through their 'Tips for Success' booklets.

Parents were urged to send their children to school.'

Schools were only into their fourth week of the term after a long holiday during the World Cup and further disruption to learning needed to be avoided, he said.

The department had also informed principals that no school could be closed without notice or permission from the department's district officials.

 - Sapa

  • Paul - 2010-08-06 14:12

    "Should a class be without an educator, learners are encouraged to continue to read, write and calculate, using their textbooks and any other material available, for example, crosswords in newspapers, or a book from their school or local library." Wha-ha-ha! This person obviously doesn't know students.

  • GP - 2010-08-06 14:40

    Would anyone within the Department of Education sent thier children to school without the supervision of a teach in the classroom.I don't think so..... So pay the teachers and lets get schooling.

  • Chelsea - 2010-08-06 16:17

    If I strike, it would be in objection to the lack of respect learners have for us teachers, their defiance of authority, their laziness in doing homework, their refusal to take responsibility, and the fact that some teachers work their butt off-when a learner doesnt perform, WE get blamed?? What a joke. Learners working on their own? They dont even work when we aid them!!

  • Willie - 2010-08-06 16:18

    I agree with Paul. This is by far the most hilarious statement I have read in a long time, even from a government official. Imagine that: 16-17 year olds taking out their books for self study! Pay the educators - they deserve it! And please: forget the about the stupid 4 holidays a year argument!

  • sd simelane - 2010-08-06 17:17

    i have been a student before and i know how students behave in educator's's like when 'the cat is away ,play the mice' the 16-17 year olds ,self directed learning is a foreign concept.i agree with chelsea on 'they dont even work when we aid them. the state need to seriously address the public servants working conditions including wages. this looming strike is uncalled for if the government was sensitive to the plight of the public servants but there is nothing they can do except going to the streets because thta is the language the govt of the day understands better.

  • Barbara - 2010-08-09 13:04

    I'ts easy for you all to say, I have a son in high school and most of his teachers are unable to teach him what he needs to know in Grade 8. His English teacher can bearly speak English, what did our system come to. He went from an "A" student in primary school to a pupil that hardly pass if I don't sit for hours and help him at night, what service am I paying for. Get qualified teachers and pay them more.

  • SidR - 2010-08-09 17:31

    Chelsea: Yes, I agree with you learners & the youth of today have no respect for teachers/adults or any other person in a position of authority, bring back corporal punishment and the teachers will receive the respect they deserve. HOWEVER: We as parents are working our butt off in full time jobs in order to be able to pay the education department to educate (not just aid - I can do that) our children. If my kid is not receiving an education, who should I blame? GP: I'll bet that the fat cats in the department of education have the means to send their kids to private schools. Paul: we are behind you 100%! We pay our school fees upfront for 2 kids - do we get a pro-rata refund for non-delivery of a service - or must you pocket that too?

  • SidR - 2010-08-09 17:54

    I don't get 7% or 4 holidays a year!!! I also deserve it!! Where will we all be if the entire country in all industries take this action - what economy??

  • Lynnette Holm - 2010-08-09 17:56

    I agree, I am an educator in Pretoria, but as I and 25 of my collegues are appointed by the school we are not allowed to strike. Nor do we want to. Parents pay a lot of money to get their children educated. By staying away what does that show?? Educators should be thankful for having a job. I am still at univercity and even my lecturer there can bearly speak english, which by the way is my major subject. I am dissapointed in the education system. Teachers being greedy and like said in Afrikaans "Geld wolwe" must get with the program. We are not in it for the money but because God send us to this job. Teaching isn't a job, it is a calling... Shame to teachers loosing at least R650 per day for not attending school due to striking for more money. Ironic enough they change the curriculum to have LESS work, school times are reduced, but they want the pay increased. It is a shame!!

  • Communocate - 2010-08-09 18:14

    Not wishing to knock all teachers, I do agree with Barbara. I pay tripple the fees to get private tutoring for my kids after school hours because the teachers are not qaulified, have no interest in the kids at all and generally believe that they should be doctors cause the answer is to use a drug on the kids.

  • STRIKE AWAY... - 2010-08-09 18:25

    SD Simelane: Oh I see, you also just want to strike - easy way do not understand economics - basically, give it to me cause I want it!!

  • KK - 2010-08-10 07:00

    What happened to the mentality of the the present government who where former liberation heroes encouraged disruption of schools, used children as cannon fodder and suddenly wear a halo and blame the unions who have made their governance all the more possible. The government is sending a message to the poor we are not interested in your child's educatiion because many of our children are at private schools who are not part of the public sector. Pay the the most important component of this country - THE EDUCATOR

  • Angel - 2010-08-10 07:56

    I suggest let all the teachers write the gr 12 exam this year and the one's that do pass can go back to being teachers next year, the one's that does not.......well send them back to school. Pay the one's that do teach a decent living wage STARTING 2011.

  • JoJo - 2010-08-10 08:34

    Well said, Chelsea! You can take a horse to water, but you can't make him drink, springs to mind. Imagine, today, 35+ kids in a classroom, without a teacher, all sitting neatly at their desks studying on their own! Aint't going to happen.

  • Lesibana - 2010-08-10 09:28

    The department is looking for short-term and short-sighted solutions.The fact of the matter is that educators are demoralized.I believe if given an alternative 90% of them will actually resign today.The department might win this round by not upping their offer and deducting from teacher's salaries but in the long run our children will suffer.They will be taught by educators looking for an opportunity to quit.

  • tamsyn - 2010-08-10 12:10

    i cant see how government officials can make such statements. todays children dont respect adults/parents, educators even themselves,how are they going to study on there own. i feel the government is abusing the right to a free eduction as they refusing to pay the teachers demands. what the are asking for is reasonable,caculate 4yourself if an average teacher earns "estimated" R10000(8.5%)its only an R850 increase + R1000 housing sub its R1850. politians earns thousands eg if they earn min"under estimate" R30000 per month 8.5%increase is R2550 this is with out perks. i'm deeply sadden to think that our childrens right to a free education which should be priceless because this is the future generations, is being denied it by forcing teachers to strike & abanden our children.

  • Zodwa - 2010-08-10 15:56

    Really the government must pay the teachers what they deserve. Teachers earn peanuts and they are meant to help shape the whole country. it is very hard to survive with a teacher's salary indeed!

  • siyabonga - 2010-08-10 22:06

    when is the strike going to stop? We tired now

  • Gavin Fahrenfort - 2010-08-11 16:42

    The salries will never be enough with inflation.... My suggestion.....Use technology more......use Broadband to make education free to all across the internet using Video streaming to kids.....they would much rather watch a video anyway.....rather than listen to a teacher...... and the costs would be much lower to the parent as well....

  • nkululeko dube - 2010-08-19 11:44

    our children are suffering government must give these public servant what they want...our children are losing and the patients at the hospitals they gonna die and im also the part of students who are suffering coz m doing my inservice training at department of education.

  • Moditi - 2010-08-23 07:31

    The government should give educators what they deserve, and 7% is not it, and commenting on Gavin Fahrenfort's comment, the last this country needs is a ridiculously lower unemployment rate, the is a reason why developed countries do not practice that idea...The government officials should stop being greedy and give to its people!

  • thabo - 2010-08-30 13:54

    i bet even he, himself, could not have studied on his own during his heydays.just a typical of polititians we have in this county of ours!

  • PHOSA - 2010-09-10 08:55

    I think government should give teacher what they want,becuase South Africa is lacking in education,so they have to pay teachers in order to be motiveted and do hard work to improve the standard of education.

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