Johannesburg – Striking teachers in the Eastern Cape were violating children’s rights to education and there would be consequences, the province’s education superintendent general said on Thursday.
“Principals are reminded of their responsibilities in the event of any form of industrial action, and will be required to provide the relevant information,” Modidima Mannya said.
“Should they fail to provide such information, they will be held accountable in terms of Section 45 of the Public Finance Management Act and will face charges of misconduct.”
Teachers in at least five centres in the province were protesting against long hours and a heavy workload caused by the dismissal of temporary teachers.
Provincial education department spokesperson Loyiso Pulumani said schools in Port Elizabeth, Uitenhage, Queenstown, Matatiele and Mthatha were known to be have been affected, but said it could be more widespread.
“This is a geographically vast province with 5 600 schools,” he said.
The SA Democratic Teachers’ Union said the protest was over issues that had been unresolved for several years. It was not for larger salaries, but for working conditions which would enable them to provide the best education possible for Eastern Cape pupils and improve pass rates.