The South African Democratic Teachers’ Union said declaring education as an essential service will not work.
This statement came after the African National Congress media briefing on Monday that the ANC NEC decided to propose that education be acknowledged as an essential service.
Sadtu’s spokesperson Nomusa Bembi said problems of overcrowded classrooms, inadequate infrastructure and learning materials and under qualified teachers can be addressed; the country’s education can not improve.
Cembi said “according to the law, the labour relations Act, in order for a service to be deemed an essential service; if the interruption of the service endangers the lives, personal safety and health of the whole, or any part of the population.”
Cembi also added that in reality, the interruption of teaching due to strikes does not endanger the lives, safety or health of the learners.
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