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Templeton students demonstrating for more teachers and payment of teachers. Templeton strike SAM_0132
TEACHERS AT TEMPLETON IN CLASS BOYCOTT
13 March 2013
In a totally unprecedented move, driven by immense frustration, the teachers at Templeton High School, Bedford decided to boycott classes as of yesterday.
Teachers are totally fed- up with the Department of Education’s (DOE) failure to pay salaries, to address the teacher shortage, to supply much-needed desks and textbooks and to satisfy the maintenance needs of the school. Says Acting Principal, Jonathan Plaatjies: “There is a total lack of interest on the part of the Department to address the problems facing the school and not once have we received a written or verbal acknowledgement from the department to any of the many letters written to them over the past year or so.”
“This is why the teachers decided that they had to take this course of action.”
Thabiso Makwu, the Chairperson of the School Governing Body, says the SGB is full-supportive of the class boycott. “The money being raised to run the school, is being used to pay teacher salaries because the DOE is not. This is a huge burden to place on parents and teachers in what is predominantly a poverty-stricken area.”
Templeton, originally built for 200 learners, has 626 learners currently in the school and only 20 teachers. Only twelve (12) of these teachers are paid by the Department of Education, the remainder being paid by funds raised by the School Governing Body and the staff.
Says Makwu: “At the end of this month we stand to lose 4 teachers, two of whom teach Maths. If there is no replacement of these teachers then the school’s future is in jeopardy – no teachers, no funds means the school may have to be closed.”
Councillor Auld, who attended an SGB/parent meeting Wednesday morning, advises that this issue was raised with DA MPL Edmund van Vuuren (Education) and MPL Dacre Haddon, (Constituency Leader) who immediately contacted the MEC for Education to request that he gives his urgent attention to the matter.
“Templeton has an 87% pass rate. This school is being run by dedicated individuals who have the best interests of their learners at heart. I am confident that with the DA’s assistance in this regard, that the necessary action will be taken to resolve the matter to everyone’s satisfaction.”
MEDIA STATEMEN ISSUED BY: CLLR CECILIA AULD.

Misdaad in dorp bespreek

CRADOCK
Op ‘n sektor polisiëringsforum vergadering vir die Cradock gebied wat verlede week gehou is, is noodsaaklikheid van samewerking tussen die polisie, buurtwag en die publiek om die oorweldigende vlaag van misdaad wat die gebied teister die nek in te slaan, sterk beklemtoon.
Van die mees dringende sake wat bespreek is, was die geweldige gebruik en verspreiding van dwelms en alkohol wat volgens sprekers die oorsprong van baie probleme is en ook tot huisbrake en selfs geweld aanleiding gee. Die polisie is versoek om aandag aan vermeende dwelmhandelaars te gee en selfs ook mense vir geringe misdade soos rommelstrooiery, drankgebruik in die openbaar en leeglêery, kort te vat. “Klein oortredings moet aangespreek word voordat hulle na groter dinge lei,” is gesê.
Die voorkoms van groot trokke met swaar vragte waarvan daar glo tot 56 per nag in die dorp oorstaan, is ook indringend bespreek. Volgens van die sprekers lok hierdie trokke jong misdadigers en ander kwaaddoeners na die gebied en is hulle ook ‘n aanloopplek vir prostitute. Volgens ‘n woordvoerder van die polisie is van hierdie voertuie se vrag so waardevol dat eienaars dit nie wil waag om buite die dorp te parkeer nie en verkies om liewer enige verkeersboete te betaal wat moontlik opgelê word.
Motor oppassers het ook onder bespreking gekom. ‘n Ernstige beroep word op die publiek gedoen om slegs bekende motorwagte te ondersteun en nie geld aan enige een wat sê hy is ‘n motorwag te gee nie. Klem is daarop gelê dat die groep jong kinders wat hulle voordoen as karwagte niè ondersteun moet word nie aangesien hulle liewer hul plek op die skoolbanke moet inneem. “Enige geld wat hulle verdien moedig hulle aan om in die dorp te kom leeglê en kwaad te doen,” is beweer.
Die vergadering het verneem dat die polisie en die nuutgestigte Buurtwag nou saamwerk en dat verskeie suksesse reeds deur hierdie samewerking behaal is. Die gemeenskap word versoek om ‘n bydrae te lewer tot die koste van die buurtwag wat sedert die einde van Januarie af uitsluitlik op hul eie onkoste die dorp beveilig. Van die dringendste artikels wat hulle benodig is skerp ligte en tweerigtingradio’s.
Brandstof is ook ‘n groot maar noodsaaklike uitgawe.
Daar is ‘n bankrekening vir die Buurtwag by Eerste Nasionale Bank oopgemaak. Die rekening nommer is 62398864514 en inwoners van die dorp word gevra om ‘n bydrae te lewer. ‘n Kompakte brosjure met die werksaamhede van die Buurtwag sal eersdaags beskikbaar wees.
Probleme in die dorp wat die Buurtwag uitgewys het en wat aandag sal moet geniet, is die dig bebosde gebiede langs die rivieroewer en agter Aalwynstraat.
Die fluitjieprojek wat onlangs geloots is vir die beveiliging van vroue en kinders vorder goed en donateurs van fluitjies kan hul skenkings by die landdroskantoor aflewer.
Alhoewel baie van die dorp se inwoners gewillig is om as polisiereserviste te werk, is daar sedert 2009 ‘n moratorium op die aanstelling van mense in hierdie amp.

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Op vanjaar se Middelburg Skou, wat die naweek gehou was, is Rochelle Stander op Smallies Bobby die wenner van die Ernest Sykes Skild. PJ Slabbert het dit oorhandig.

DA intervenes in
Bedford school strike
Issued by: Dacre Haddon (MPL)

DA Member of the Eastern Cape Provincial Legislature

The DA is deeply concerned about the illegal staff strike at the Templeton High School in Bedford.
For the last four months teachers have not been paid and there are nine temporary teachers awaiting payment. I have today, as the constituency MPL for the area, in consultation with colleague Edmund van Vuuren, spoken to the MEC of Education, Mandla Makupula, and asked him to intervene directly in the matter.
The MEC has been most accommodating and, armed with the contract details for the school, will be taking intervention with the principal to resolve this impasse.
While the Democratic Alliance understands and sympathises with the plight of the teachers and acknowledges their constitutional right to strike, this is a wild cat strike and we cannot condone this action while children are sitting at home and not in the classroom.

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