Sadtu against education being declared as essential service

Party secretary-general Gwede Mantashe insists that ANC and the government will ascertain that education is stated as a vital service. Mantashe claims that the party and government will put in all their efforts to deem education an essential service.

On the other hand, the SA Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu) alleges to oppose the struggle. They are openly against education being declared an essential service. According to union’s general secretary, Mugwena Maluleke, Sadtu will sit with ANC to discuss the proposal, maintaining that no problems will be solved by declaring education an essential service.

“It’s just a wrong remedy (for) the diagnosis. (Striking) is not the main issue, (it) is a symptom of the problem,” said Malukeke.

According to Mantashe, last week’s ANC lekgotla decided that means to examine all-round accountability in the education sector should be devised on urgent basis. He declared that change in attitude towards education is the need of time.

Mantashe said: “As a number one priority, the ANC and its government will leave no stone unturned in making education an essential service. We are a governing party and so we actually need to think broader than narrow trade union interest.”

Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor, who also chairs the ANC subcommittee on education and health, said that everyone involved in the education sector must commit to honestly delivering education to the nation.

He said: “If (teachers) can commit fully to what must be done we are going to achieve tremendous success in the sector. So when we discuss essential services, it’s in that context.”

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