13 February 2013

South Africa: What Is Sadtu Expecting From the President's State of the Nation Address?

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Preparing for South Africa's State of Nation Address

SADTU would like the State President Jacob Zuma, in his state of the nation address tomorrow, to declare education a public good where government will do the following:

Ensure education funding is increased above 6% of the GDP;

Ensure that teaching learners under the trees or mud schools is unlawful;

Ensure that all temporary teachers in vacant substantive posts are reinstated;

Ensure that no primary school teacher teaches more than 40 learners in a class and no Secondary School teacher teaches more than 35 learners. Teaching classes above these figures should be declared unlawful;

Provide a deadline for the building of school infrastructure;

Instruct the Minister of Basic Education to withdraw the demeaning gazette on Norms and Standards;

Ensure that all teachers in Grade R are appointed in the formal education sector with full terms and conditions of employment;

Ensure that teacher development is mandatory;

Ensure that all principals and deputies are trained in holistic school management;

Fire the Director General for Basic Education for failing the children of South Africa.

ISSUED BY: SADTU Secretariat

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