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Sadtu calls for longer school holidays

The union says a number of teachers are suffering from burnout.

FILE. Sadtu has proposed longer school holidays after reports that a number of teachers are suffering from burnout. Picture: Sapa.

CAPE TOWN - The South African Democratic Teachers Union (Sadtu) has proposed longer school holidays following reports that a number of teachers are suffering from burnout.

Sadtu's Jonovan Rustin says the union is particularly unhappy that the December break, which was previously six weeks, has been scaled down to about four weeks over the last few years.

Rustin adds that most educators are using their free time to complete the marking of scripts and other schoolwork.

He says this issue, among others, will be up for debate at Sadtu's National Congress.

Rustin says many teachers are reportedly suffering from burnout.

"Teachers usually use weekends, holidays and other breaks in the year for marking purposes so that learners can be issued with progress reports during the first two days of the school term."