Teachers Union Threatens Strike After Stationery Non-delivery

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A number of schools in the Eastern Cape have not yet received stationery for their learners. This as schools in South Africa’s coastal provinces returned to school last week. 


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A number of schools in the Eastern Cape have not yet received stationery for their learners. This as schools in South Africa’s coastal provinces returned to school last week.

A new school year began in South Africa’s coastal provinces last week after the December holidays. With the new year, comes new students and new work that needs to be covered before the next examination season.

More than 3000 of the Eastern Cape’s 5000 schools have not yet received stationery for their learners. Without stationery, the ability for teachers to teach and the ability for learners to learn is severely hampered.

Vukuhambe Special School in the province is but one school that is currently being affected by the lack of delivery of stationery. The school caters for learners with physical disabilities.

One aspect of some no-fees schools is that the learner’s stationery is purchased by the school. Parents are worried that the children’s development will be hampered as they cannot afford to purchase the stationery themselves.

Teachers unions are of the opinion that the non-delivery of school stationery and supplies are due to incompetence.

The South African Democratic Teachers Union (Sadtu) Provincial General Secretary, Chris Mdingi says teachers may have to embark on a strike in order for the stationery to be delivered.

Mdingi said, “All we think we can do now is to embark on an action, very big action that has never been seen before if the authorities are not heading the call because the quarter is going to soon come to an end”.

The National Professional Teachers Organisation of South Africa (Naptosa) in the Eastern Cape says the non-delivery of stationery will impact negatively on the academic calendar.

The union's Loyiso Mibinda said, “[it] impacts negativity to the academic calendar because now teachers are unable to make a time on task and task on time because there is no stationery for the learners to write”.

The Education Department in the province says they are working hard to resolve the issues.

Acting Director General of the EC Dept of Education Thembani Mtyida says they are currently delivering stationery to schools throughout the province. He says this began when schools opened on Wednesday.

He said, “We continued this weekend and we can also see that during this week we are expecting that the pace is actually going to increase. So towards the end of this week we think that we shall be around 90 percent in delivering our LTS”.

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