Union warns over free education

THE National Teachers Union says IFP-aligned student movement Sadesmo's call for the minister of basic education to start implementing free education in government schools should be treated with caution.

THE National Teachers Union says IFP-aligned student movement Sadesmo's call for the minister of basic education to start implementing free education in government schools should be treated with caution.

Natu spokesperson Allen Thompson warned that the lack of circulation of funds within the "no-fee schools" led to the lack of acceptance of financial responsibilities.

"If schools are to be regarded as no-fee schools, then they should fall under Section 21 status, whereby they will receive funding from the government for maintenance and other expenses ."

He said they support any idea that contributes to the development of education and urged Sadesmo to use its political ties to influence Parliament's decisions.

Sadesmo president Ntuthuko Majozi said they were waiting for the World Cup to end before arranging a meeting with minister Angie Motshekga.

He said they were aware of existing no-fee schools but insisted they were not addressing the issue of access to education. "We demand free education from Grade 1 to Grade 12."

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