Mpumalange Teachers working only two hours a day because of a teachers’ go-slow

The education of thousands of Mpumalanga schoolchildren has ground to a near halt and exams have been postponed because of a teachers’ go-slow.

For the past three weeks, teachers in the province have been coming to work for only two hours a day. Schools open at 8am and close at 10am.

The protest is over the freezing of teaching posts.

A meeting on Friday between representatives of labour federation Cosatu and Mpumalanga Premier David Mabuza failed to find a solution.

More than 24000 members of the SA Democratic Teachers’ Union have said they will not return to full-time teaching until the education department’s moratorium on filling posts is lifted.

The union says the moratorium subjects its members to extreme stress and detracts from the quality of teaching.

The go-slow has come at a huge cost for this year’s matrics, who have missed exams because of it.

Gugu Mahlangu, a Grade 12 pupil at Sovetjheza Secondary School in Machiding, said the protests began as the quarterly exams were about to start.

“I have five more subjects to write. It is demoralising. These exams are important to test our readiness for the final exams in three months’ time.

“I have to use these results to apply for a place at university. What is going to happen?”

The union says the moratorium subjects its members to extreme stress and detracts from the quality of teaching.

The go-slow has come at a huge cost for this year’s matrics, who have missed exams because of it.

Gugu Mahlangu, a Grade 12 pupil at Sovetjheza Secondary School in Machiding, said the protests began as the quarterly exams were about to start.

“I have five more subjects to write. It is demoralising. These exams are important to test our readiness for the final exams in three months’ time.

“I have to use these results to apply for a place at university. What is going to happen?”


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