Teachers in the Kwa Zulu Natal province of South Africa are working to rule in pursuit of their dispute on a number of issues. They are refusing to work more than an eight hour day until the government of the province reinstates 100 teachers who were unjustly dismissed, fills hundreds of teaching vacancies and upgrades security in schools. The total list of 27 demands also includes transparency about the way money set aside for teacher inservice training has been spent. Teachers they will not allow district managers into schools: “We will not co-operate with them. They must stay away. We have reached boiling point. We are not going to back down.” 

Teachers suspect that money which was earmarked for schools in disadvantaged areas has been diverted elsewhere. This under conditions where schools in South Africa remain desparately underfunded - only last term, SADTU, the South African Democratic Teachers Union on a go slow in protest at poor funding and the misdirection of funds. Kwa Zulu Natal, for example, spent $52 million on a biometric clocking-in system for teachers while neglecting to address the problems of overlarge class sizes and poor facilities, particularly in rural schools which are often in mud buildings.

Teachers say that unless their demands are listened to and addressed they will escalate their action.