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SADTU Western Cape Statement, 18 October 2016
Reports of Violence and Intimidation during the Systemic Evaluation Campaign
The South African Democratic Teachers' Union in the Western Cape would like
to distance itself from news reports indicating that some of our members
were involved in acts of violence and intimidation at some schools in the
province. We condemn the use of violence in the strongest terms; however we
make no secret of the fact that we are driving the campaign aimed at drawing
the attention of WCED to stop administering these systemic tests.
WCED has failed to convince us of the benefits of these tests on the
improvement of education results in the Western Cape. Since the inception of
these tests in 2002, the province has not realised an improvement in Grade
12 results, instead we have been surpassed by other provinces. We also
firmly believe that WCED has collected enough data over a period thirteen
years to inform it of the challenges within the education system in the
province. This substantiates our claim that these tests are nothing more
than just another money making scheme that are aimed at enriching a few
individuals with no intention of improving education output, more especially
in working class communities.
The acts of violence reported are as a direct result of intimidation by
WCED. Instead of finding solutions to the current predicament WCED resorted
to writing intimidating letters to schools.
Contrary to the WCED stance that learners and parents have no say in the
writing of these tests. We firmly believe that education is a societal issue
and all stake holders have a vested interest, hence the involvement of COSAS
and SGBs in the campaign.
The campaign is proving to be successful as many schools have heeded the
call of the union not to participate in the administration of these tests.
As SADTU we are committed to quality teaching and learning at all schools,
hence we will not shy away from challenges confronting education in the
province and we need no invitation to do so.
Issued by the Provincial Secretariat
For further comments contact:
Jonavon Rustin, Provincial Secretary, 083 633 5714,
Sibongile Kwazi, Deputy Provincial Secretary, 083 627 8006
Mbulelo January, Provincial Chairperson, 083 325 2948
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