Today's Big Stories

'Interference of teacher trade unions affecting quality education in SA'

Criticism has been directed towards the South African Democratic Teachers' Union (Sadtu) for allegedly standing in the way of quality education in the country.

The union has been accused of selling teaching and principal posts in exchange for bribes, but denied any involvement in the alleged corrupt activity.

(Also read our article: 'Mandarin roll out in SA public schools a snub to African languages')

According to Thulani Zengele, Associate Professor at Unisa’s College of Education, South African teacher unions interfere with the education of youth with their active involvement in filling promotional teaching posts.

They don't play the role of observer in the process. Instead, unions come with their own list of recommended candidates and ensure that they get the positions. Former comrades are infiltrating the education system from the top, right down to the schools.

Thulani Zengele, Associate P rofessor at Unisa’s College of Education

Zengele says that the Employment of Educators Act of 1998 clearly explains that unions are only met to observe during recruitment processes.

In his research, Zengele found that unions recommended a list of candidates for promotional posts and have strong political agendas.

Department of Basic Education (DBE) Minister Angie Motshekga on Tuesday said that Sadtu ‘exploits the culture of chaos' in rural provincial education departments.

Despite a pending investigation by the DBE, there have been reports that investigators have found Sadtu members to have “infiltrated that department and run a complex patronage system".

Zengele says that the perception of teaching has moved from a form of leadership to a form of income.

He advises that the recruitment processes in education should be assigned to independent employment agencies and that qualifications should be audited.

Listen to the full conversation, with Koketso Sachane standing in, on The Redi Tlhabi Show:


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
Veterans and ANC not on same page about terms of consultative conference

Veterans and ANC not on same page about terms of consultative conference

ANC vets want civil society groups present at the consultative conference, which they want held separately from another meeting.

Top SABC journos applauded for brave testimony

Top SABC journos applauded for brave testimony

EWN's Gaye Davis summarises the evidence of the SABC journalists who appeared before the ad hoc committee in Parliament.

If you're gona be a hero (and smash a car window), make sure you can prove harm

If you're gona be a hero (and smash a car window), make sure you can prove harm

A criminal lawyer explains what leg citizens can stand on if they witness a child or pet locked in a vehicle in risky conditions.

SABC 'in contempt of court' if Motsoeneng reports for duty, says DA

SABC 'in contempt of court' if Motsoeneng reports for duty, says DA

The DA's James Selfe says it is not clear whether SABC's Hlaudi Motsoeneng will be either fired or suspended pending an inquiry.

'Mandarin roll out in SA public schools a snub to African languages'

'Mandarin roll out in SA public schools a snub to African languages'

SA state schools will introduce Mandarin in 2016 but some are concerned this will further make African tongues a lesser priority.

Glenvista High SGB to face criminal charges over corruption findings

Glenvista High SGB to face criminal charges over corruption findings

Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi found the 2012-2014 SGB of Glenvista High guilty of enriching themselves with school funds.

Popular articles
[WATCH] Refentse Morake continues breaking cultural barriers through his music

[WATCH] Refentse Morake continues breaking cultural barriers through his music

The singer who says he's 'on the border of being Afrikaans and being African' joined Azania Mosaka for this week's #702Unplugged.

What happens to our bodies if we cut out sugar

What happens to our bodies if we cut out sugar

Naked Scientist Chris Smith explains.

Why did Jussie Smollet fake his own attack? Eusebius and listeners weigh in

Why did Jussie Smollet fake his own attack? Eusebius and listeners weigh in

Eusebius McKaiser facilitates a debate on whether or not American actor Jussie Smollet faked his own attack.

[WATCH] SANDF members hilariously mess up a supposedly easy practice run

[WATCH] SANDF members hilariously mess up a supposedly easy practice run

Khabazela shares tweets and Facebook posts that have gone viral.

[LISTEN] Wife of Vele Investments' Madzonga flatly denies VBS involvement

[LISTEN] Wife of Vele Investments' Madzonga flatly denies VBS involvement

Vele Investments CEO Robert Madzonga's estranged wife Khosi shares her side of the story on the VBS saga.

Is EOH corrupt? Is that why Microsoft ran for the hills? Its CEO explains…

Is EOH corrupt? Is that why Microsoft ran for the hills? Its CEO explains…

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Stephen van Coller, CEO at EOH Holdings.

'R23 million for rent a month seems huge. I don't think we could've done better'

'R23 million for rent a month seems huge. I don't think we could've done better'

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Adrian Gore, founder and Group Chief Executive Officer at Discovery Limited.