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Union Urges Government Do More For Rural Schools

The South African Democratic Teachers' Union (SADTU) wants rural schools to be just as equipped as schools in the suburbs. Some residents in Mothibastad also want schools in the area to have better infrastructure for learners. 

 

 

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Deputy Minister of Basic Education, Dr Reginah Mhaule paid a visit to schools in Mothibastad in the Northern Cape. During this visit, the minister had to address the challenges faced by rural schools. 

Now that teachers are required to be back at work, there have been concerns about schools being overcrowded and some concerns about substitute teachers losing their jobs. 

"We may not have sufficient resources to employ more teachers... Even if the teachers with comorbidities are coming back, we'll still need them. No teacher will be chased [away]" said Dr Mhaule.

During the visit from the minister, a parent raised concerns about the lack of resources for schools in rural areas.

"I'd like to see the government taking another step for us in rural places. Do the same thing that they do in urban places. Our schools need to have libraries and laboratories."

SADTU shared the same sentiments, bringing up the fact that some rural schools in the Northern Cape were still not open because they faced infrastructure problems. 

"We need to up our game as the government so that the people in rural areas can also benefit from the democracy that we got in 1994." said Aobakwe Sebolai from SADTU.

Northern Cape Education MEC, Zozile Monakali, said the education department was planning interventions for learners in matric. 

"We are going to have winter/spring classes, we are planning camps to make sure that the outstanding work that could not be done can be done during the period will be done and they will catch up to make sure we improve our results"

It is not the first time SADTU has raised concerns about learners in matric. The Union's general secretary, Mugwena Maluleke said not all matric learners were going to school in August. He said learners in rural and township schools were facing challenges learners in suburban schools were not facing. 

"They have lost a lot of time when other learners were busy online, the majority of them, almost 70% of the poor were not able to access that."

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