South Africa 2.10.2014 05:14 pm

SADTU is a ‘beacon of hope’ – Angie Motshekga

FILE PICTURE: ANC Women's League president Angie Motshekga. Picture: Refilwe Modise

FILE PICTURE: ANC Women's League president Angie Motshekga. Picture: Refilwe Modise

The SA Democratic Teachers’ Union is a beacon of hope, having made huge progress since apartheid when schools were “on fire”, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga said on Thursday.

“[You are] a shining example of what happens when revolutionaries refuse to accept the status quo but choose to fight for a cause,” she told Sadtu’s congress in Boksburg, on the East Rand.

“We have made progress towards universal coverage of school-going children… We have progressively worked towards eliminating mud schools and inappropriate school structures, replacing them with state-of-the-art buildings.”

Motshekga said she was glad the apartheid system had been replaced, and the focus was now on improving quality education.

She said South Africa needed a strong Sadtu, not a divided union.

“We must collectively work towards healing and maintaining a vibrant and united Sadtu. Our promise to Madiba’s legacy is to protect the education system in South Africa.”

Sapa

 

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