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strike thumb medium85 85Sowetan reports that some parents in Eldorado Park were forced to step up to the chalk board on Wednesday after the SA Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu) withdrew its members from 29 schools in the area.  

In some areas learning was totally disrupted as Sadtu boycotted classes, citing safety issues.  At Eldorado Park Secondary School, 11 teachers did not pitch up for work and parents decided to help supervise the pupils in class.  At Silver Oak Secondary School, 11 teachers also did not report for duty.  Sadtu branch member Desmond Luvhengo said they withdrew their members because of safety issues.  He indicated:  “Especially at Freedom Park Secondary School where there are allegations that the principal is abusing teachers.  There are also unresolved issues of schools selling reports to pupils who have failed, and a teacher who has been rehired after he was dismissed for sexual offences.”  Gauteng education department spokesman Steve Mabona said the department was concerned that teachers were out in the street instead of focusing on teaching.  “We always encourage the union to engage the department first before leaving pupils unattended,” he indicated.

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