Motshekga silent on Sadtu's go-slow

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has refused to comment on Sadtu’s go-slow.

Minister of Basic Education Angie Motsekga. Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN - Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga on Monday refused to comment on a looming go-slow by thousands of teachers countrywide.

Earlier in the day, the South African Democratic Teachers' Union (Sadtu) announced the go-slow as part of its campaign to put pressure on Motshekga and director general Bobby Soobrayan to resign.

The union called on its members across the country to embark on a go-slow this week.

Sadtu also accused the Department of Education for failing to honour an agreement to increase the salaries of matric exam markers.

The union's Mugwena Maluleke said teachers would not take on any additional responsibilities during the go-slow.

"They will only do what the contract tells them to do. That means teaching."

Maluleke said he was not surprised that the minister chose to remain silent on the matter.

"It has always been an attitude of the department not to want to resolve issues."

He said the union would reassess the go-slow next week.

Recently, it was revealed that many public schools had still not received textbooks.

Sadtu said it was getting reports from its members about schools not having all the workbooks they need.

The union said the most affected provinces were Limpopo, the Eastern Cape and the John Taolo Gaetsewe region in the Northern Cape.

In 2012, group Section 27 took the department to court after it failed to deliver textbooks on time.

The Limpopo Education Department had only delivered 48 percent of textbooks by July 3.

Meanwhile, schools in the Eastern Cape did not receive workbooks.

Several thousand workbooks were returned to the provincial education department because they were in the wrong language.