The trade union Nupsaw has taken note of the Department of Education expecting from (schools) principals and children to turn up at schools during the scheduled school holiday.

As a union, we have an obligation to safeguard the rights of our members. We, therefore, reject the blatant arrogance (heavy-handed and unilateral) in determining dates that fall within their during their holidays. School holidays are stipulated as legitimate leave for teachers. This violates standard industrial relations practice and has been done without proper consultation and discussion.

Give up their time due to the negligence of the Minister.

The expectation that teachers and children will go into school – should also not be taken for granted or have a blanket expectation that everyone will adhere

Teaching is a hard job and teachers need the time to recharge.

Any teacher worth their salt knows that teaching is a vocation that goes beyond explicit directed time.


Nupsaw Education Sector is calling for the dismissal of the Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga who is accountable for the incomplete delivery of textbooks.

Due to the negligence of officials, it is unashamedly expected from learners to fetch their books on 28 June, to study and catch-up with their work during the school holidays. This smacks of blatant arrogance and disregard for the Worse is that they are accepting this without questioning. A VIOLATION OF THEIR RIGHTS

What if the parents can’t afford the extra cost of traveling they haven’t budgeted for? Many children school miles from, making it difficult to get there. Many parents are poor,
What about those who have already planned their holidays.

What about the rights principals who have to make arrangements for receiving the books and other staff involved.

Thousands of textbooks in a Polokwane warehouse, meant for grade 1,2 and 10 are still being stored in a Polokwane warehouse. These textbooks need to be taken to warehouses in five educations districts from where they can be delivered to schools. And top-ups bought directly from publishers for R126 million.

Section27, the public-interest law centre, is determined to oppose any attempt by the Basic Education Department to challenge the North Gauteng High court ruling which ordered them to hand over monthly reports to the court and to the organisation regarding the delivery of textbooks.