SASFA : DBE, SADTU and NASGB at war over School Football

SASFA : DBE, SADTU and NASGB at war over School Football

Sadtu and NASGB has called upon all its members to work with SASFA and not SAFA, Nothing about us without us!

thSADTU and NASGB are calling on its members to boycott the call by the Department of Basic Education (DBE) that is instructing them to work with the South African Football Association (SAFA) co-ordinators to a ensure a seamless school football programme.

Football in schools has, for years, been run by the South African Schools Football Association (SASFA) which SADTU played a critical role in its formation and is run by teachers.

The call by the DBE comes at a time when SASFA is engaged in a dispute with the SAFA and the matter is at the High Court for adjudication.

“The call by (DBE) amounts to contempt of court as it undermines the processes that are underway to resolve the dispute between SAFSA and SAFA” said Sadtu

SASFA officials feels undermined by DBE’s decision because there has been no consultation despite the matter having been deferred at the recent sports conference convened by the DBE respecting the court processes.

SADTU regards DBE’s conduct as an attempt to crush everyone and everything associated with the Unions.

“This is totally unnecessary when the country is faced with dismal performance because the teachers are so demoralized and dehumanized by the unbearable conditions and the treatment by the DBE.” said Sadtu

SADTU called upon DBE to show decorum and civility in its utterances on national issues.

“We will not accept such careless and divisive statements from them. Ours is to see strengthened sports activities in schools for a better country. The DBE is hell-bent in promoting divisions which defeats the very purpose of sports – which is to promote unity.” said Sadtu

“SAFA cannot impose its will against the members of SADTU and all teachers who have been running sports and all of a sudden, is demanding that schools register by paying R800.00. Education is a right and sport is an extra-curricular activity which cannot be divorced from education.” said Sadtu

“SASFA must be supported by all teachers to avoid schools football from collapsing.” concluded Sadtu

“We were shocked but not surprised to see a letter from the Director General of Basic Education giving a directive that SAFA will now be running School Football. The DBE has not consulted the National Association of School Governing Bodies which represents SGBs (Parents, learners, teachers and support staff) on making such a decision.” said NASGB

SASFA which is the body that has been running the school football has a dispute with SAFA and the matter is at High Court for adjudication. For the DBE to direct all of us to work with SAFA against SASFA is regrettable and confirms the motive of the DBE to erase anything that NASGB is supporting in our schools.

NASGB called upon all its members to defend the right of our children to receive Quality Learning and Teaching through sports that will be administered by SASFA and nobody else. The NASGB said it will never allow any unilateral decision to succeed in our democracy.

“Do not work with SAFA until the NASGB gives you any directive on the matter. NASGB respect the court process and status quo must remain, i.e. SASFA runs the School Football pending the resolution by the High Court. ” NASGB concluded

SADTU and NASGB urged the DBE to allow the status quo to prevail until the finalisation of the court processes.