The article argues that declaring teaching an essential service will do nothing to solve the problems in the education system and only has the effect of disenfranchising good teachers because of the unprofessional behaviour of their peers.
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But there are times when desperate measures are just desperate. This is how I see the African National Congress’ (ANC) reported warming up to the idea of declaring teaching an essential service. On what grounds is this decision being made? What evidence is there that limiting teachers’ right to strike is going to solve the dysfunctions in the South African education system?