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DA takes Sadtu to HRC over ANAs

The party says the union is standing in the way of children’s right to basic education.

Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Democratic Alliance (DA) is taking on the largest teachers union in the country by laying a complaint against the South African Democratic Teachers Union (Sadtu) with the Human Rights Commission for standing in the way of children's right to basic education.

Sadtu and four other unions have vowed to block their members from invigilating the Annual National Assessment (ANA) exams until the tests are reformed.

They believe that the test in its current form is of no value to teachers or pupils and will only provide an additional burden if written in December.

But the DA says this is the latest in a long line of transgressions over the years.

The party's Annette Lovemore says, "We're officially asking the Human Rights Commission to investigate the negative impact that Sadtu has had over the years, not just recently with respect to Annual National Assessments.

"But over the years with unlawful strikes action, with its refusal to be held accountable, with its refusal to implement competency tests for principals and for teachers and for exam markers."

Lovemore says this is the latest in a history of the union's transgression over the years.

"Every child in South Africa has a right, a constitutional right, to basic education. We believe very strongly that Sadtu is overstepping its lawful bounds with respect to labour action, and that it is stepping into the educational space at the expense of the right to education of our children."