Pay for recovery plan - Sadtu
TEACHER union Sadtu has thrown another spanner into the Limpopo education crisis.
Yesterday, Sadtu in the province announced that its members would not work for "unpaid overtime" to recoup the six months wasted due to the delay in the delivery of textbooks.
At the weekend, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga announced a recovery plan, indicating that schools in the province would use the June school holidays to make up for time lost.
While welcoming the recovery plan, Sadtu said its members would only work if paid for the extra hours.
"They told us that they are working on a recovery plan, so far there is nothing presented to us, but we want to indicate that we are ready on condition that the recovery plan will be paid for," Sadtu provincial secretary Matome Raphasha announced.
"It is an extra exercise, which is not part of our normal work, everyone who works overtime deserves to be paid.
"Our own children are affected too, but who caused the mess? We are not responsible for the mess. It was the department ... so it must bear responsibility," he said.
Motshekga had promised that all schools in the province would receive their textbooks by tomorrow.
This after the department of education had failed to meet last week's deadline to deliver the books.
The deadline was set by the Pretoria High Court following an action by civil society organisation Section 21 - forcing the department to deliver books in the province.
Learners in grades 12 and R have been without textbooks for the past six months. This after the department had introduced a new curriculum for the grades.
Sadtu blames the situation in the province on poor administration.
The union has also warned that it would down tools if schools were not given textbooks as promised.
Education analyst Norman Mafumo said the recovery plan - in the third quarter of the year - would not work, and that the situation would haunt the department forever.
"The recovery plan is planned for the sake of saying we have done the work, but it will not solve the problem. Pupils must be mentally fit when they sit for the year-end examination," said Mafumo