Sadtu promises to work hard to get the country’s education system working
South African Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu)’s general secretary, Mugwena Maluleke is confident their conference would succeed in addressing some of the key issues our education system is grappling with.
Maluleke was visibly upbeat with the proceedings at the council particularly after Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa’s speech in which he hailed Sadtu for having built their own nerve-centre using their own resources.
Ramaphosa, speaking during the SADTU’s general council, which was held at the union’s newly opened Matthew Goniwe House in Kempton Park, appealed to teachers to re-commit themselves to the core values of the teaching profession: passion, hard-work, commitment and the care for the learners.
Said Maluleke: “We looked at a number of policy issues and we hope to come up with resolutions that would help us achieve the objectives of the council. One of those policies that we were discussing is the professionalization of teaching where we are looking at how we can build on the professional capital by leveraging on the social and human capital we already have.”
He said they are doing this “within the context of the United Nation’s Education Framework of 2030 Vision which has anchored and identified education as one of the vehicles that must address the issues of development, social cohesion and co-existence”.
“That is what we feel is worth fighting for – professional capital of the teachers,” Maluleke added. He said they were also “talked more about how to ensure that there is an accelerated implementation of infrastructure in our schools because this impacts on the performances of our learners and teachers.”
“But we are saying you can talk about all the things and if we don’t address the issue of funding our education in the context of the UN’s declaration of 2030 Vision, we would not overcome the problems we have identified,” said Maluleke.
“Because”, he continued, “finance is a very big and critical issue. So in a sense we need to re-design and re-think how we finance our schools”.
Maluleke also paid tribute to teachers generally as they celebrate World Teachers’ Day.
He said they must be applauded for their commitment and hard work as some of them work under very strenuous circumstances.