7 January 2013

South Africa: Cosatu NW Congratulates 2012 Matric Students

The Congress of South African Trade Union in the NW congratulates all the metric students in the province and the entire SA learners who continue to make our country proud during their study time and at the results time.

We want to congratulate the most excellent students in all provinces, in particular the students in the Limpopo province, who received the very high results in SA, they made our country proud and very special.

We are calling all the students who made it for 2012 and those who could not make it to work hard to make their life better in the new phase of our Lula moment and second phase of our country’s transition. We are asking those who could not make it in 2012 to give themselves a chance in 2013 by working very hard, studying and praying to the mighty one to help them to make it in 2013. God will be with them if they are serious about their studies including their lives in improving our country’s education system with better results in the coming years.

We congratulate all educators, the SGBs and the parents for the guidance they continue to give to all our learners. Parents must congratulate our educators for the well done work under very bad conditions, including underpaid by our own democratic government.

It is on record that most of our educators are under-performing due to depression, stress and working under bad conditions, in particular the rural and farms schools. Our educators are still not respected by the politicians and senior officials who are close to the politicians. These poor educators are treated as young people who have not trained in their work. Our poor temporary and ABET educators are treated as if they are doing favours for someone.

We are calling the Department of Education in the NW to start respecting our educators, respect the elected leaders of the trade unions, respect the SGB’s work with unions to improve our education system in our province, our schools in the farms areas including rural are fowling apart, the schools are not maintained due to corruption led by senior officials and politicians.

We are calling all COSATU members to start focusing on the education of our children, starting to make sure that all our children go back to school with a clear focus under the guidance of parents, the SGBs and all COSATU deployed members. All PEC members of COSATU must account for the school that he or she has adopted as per COSATU decisions. We are going back our schools when they reopen in 2013. All those who are deployed must be at the school on time and make sure that a full detailed report is submitted to the provincial secretary on the second day and that on a monthly basis all deployed leaders must visit the school jointly with SGBs.

We are very worried that our results in the NW are reducing yearly at the levels of grade R to grade 12. This must be investigated by the office of the premier and we demand a full detailed report on why we are now number 4 when, we have sometimes been on top. We are now going down; very soon we will the last. This must worry all of us as leaders, as parents, as government, and those who are stealing our future education in corruption processes.

Once again we want to congratulate our NW’s best metric students. We wish them good luck at the universities, hoping our democratic government will make sure that they are not dumped. To those who did make it in 2012 - you will make it in 2013; just go back to school and remain focussed.

We call on the Department of Education in the NW to make sure all matters affecting the educators during their working hours are resolved in a very short space of time. The premier of the NW must investigate all the alleged corrupt activities that disrupted our education system. Those who are implicated to be removed so we can get a clean record for our dept and better improvement of our results in 2013.

Congratulations to all our learners from grade R to grade 12. Let’s work together for a better future of our country and for all of you as learners.

Education is our future; education will improve our economy; education will reduce our unemployment rate; education will be able to stop those who are stealing from the poor and it will be able to identify corrupt leaders, including officials who were not able deliver books in our schools in time.

For more information feel free to call the COSATU NW Provincial Secretary Solly Phetoe [0823044055] or [0727100947]

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