Sadtu go-slow being monitored

Sadtu teachers have embarked on a go-slow to pressure the Education Minister and her DG to resign.

The South African Democratic Teachers Union (SADTU) will embark on a go-slow to pressure Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga and her Director General Bobby Soobrayan to resign.

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape Education Department said on Monday it will closely monitor a go-slow by teachers.

The South African Democratic Teachers Union (Sadtu) has called on educators to embark on a go-slow as part of a campaign to force Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga and her Director General Bobby Soobrayan to resign.

The union has called for Motshekga and Soobrayan to resign over the Limpopo textbook saga and the Minister's refusal to increase tariffs for exam markers.

It has also opposed biometric testing and the monitoring of teachers.

The department's Paddy Atwell said the go-slow would not affect the marking of supplementary matric exams in the province.

"More than 8,000 candidates wrote their exams and finished on 19 March. The department has already concluded marking the exams."

Sadtu has called on its members across the country to embark on the go-slow campaign this week.

Sadtu's Mugwena Maluleke said, "We'll review the go-slow on Tuesday next week where we'll be assessing the developments and then come up with a response to whatever developments there might be."

Motshekga opted to remain silent about the go-slow.

Sadtu also has warned that if Motshekga and Soobrayan do not resign, it's protest action will intensify.

The union's Nomusa Cembi said, "We won't attend meetings called by the Department of Education or district officials and we are not going to attend workshops organised by the department."


Meanwhile, Gauteng education said it's all systems go for the second term of school despite Sadtu's threats.

The teacher's union said it will embark on protest action as inland schools reopen.

Gauteng education MEC Barbara Creecy said all will go as planned this morning and refused to comment on whether she was concerned about reports of a no-work-to-rule approach.

"A further nine schools are still under construction in preparation for the 2014 academic year."

Sadtu said teachers will refuse to do any extra work for the department from Tuesday.