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Sadtu's go-slow not affecting WC schools

It is business as usual in Western Cape schools, despite Sadtu’s call for a go-slow.

Pupils line-up to enter mobile classrooms at the ACJ Phakade Primary School in Strand. Picture: Carmel Loggenberg/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape Education Department on Thursday said a national go-slow campaign by teachers is not affecting schooling in the province.

Earlier this week, the South African Democratic Teachers' Union (Sadtu) called on all educators around the country to embark on a go-slow in a bid to force Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga and her director general to resign.

Through the initiative, teachers will report to schools only to teach, but will not perform extra duties such as marking, hosting departmental visits or attending workshops.

The union called for the two officials to resign following the Limpopo textbook saga and the minister's refusal to increase pay for exam markers.

Motshekga has refused to step down.

She said she cannot fire the director-general as she is still awaiting the outcome of an investigation into his conduct.

The department's Bronagh Casey said, "The aim of the Western Cape Education Department is to complete the curriculum for the second term and we trust that Sadtu members will do so in the best interest of our members. We will continue to monitor the situation closely."

Sadtu's provincial secretary Jonavon Rustin said members are adhering to the programme.

"The programme will continue until the union's demands have been met."

In 2012, several Limpopo schools went for most of the year without textbooks after the department failed to deliver them.

Group Section 27 took the ministry to court in a bid to force it to deliver textbooks.