Lessons from teachers strike

The public and media were initially sympathetic to the striking teachers. But violence, intimidation, assault and damage to property by a few alienated the public. It was also wrong to intimidate independent schools. Disciplinary measures and action must be taken.

The public and media were initially sympathetic to the striking teachers. But violence, intimidation, assault and damage to property by a few alienated the public. It was also wrong to intimidate independent schools. Disciplinary measures and action must be taken.

The no work, no pay principle must apply, but there should be no deductions across the board because some teachers were on duty.

One is pleased that Naptosa has accepted the 7,5percent and other benefits. Schools must return to normal as soon as possible and make up for work lost, and exams must be written.

Will better salaries and conditions improve recruitment, training and retention of teachers?

The status of teaching must be upheld and enhanced. The government should allow bargaining with separate teacher unions. Why lump them with the civil service? It makes the process much more involved and limiting

Teaching should be made an attractive profession. Salaries should not be bound by civil service conditions of employment. Incentives must be linked to reliable performance measures, differentiation and supply and demand factors.

David Quail

DA spokesman on education in Gauteng

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