Gym staff are competent and caring
I’M SHOCKED by the attitude of the “traumatised” Chohan-Gani family because of the close drowning of their 3-year-old child at the Virgin Active pool.
They say they looked away for a moment. That should not have caused the near drowning.
I have been with Virgin Active since they have been in South Africa, and find that parents allow tiny tots and slightly older children to swim in the pools unattended or while the parent is engrossed in a book, their cellphone or their tablet.
The children are not being watched as carefully as they should be.
There are signs all over the place saying that children under age 14 cannot swim without adult supervision. Adult supervision means over 18 and to watch the child continually, especially a 3-year-old.
You cannot expect the staff to be watching the pools all the time. In any event, the pools are mainly for training – if you want to use them as recreational facilities, then the full responsibility is on the parents.
Don’t pass the guilt on to the gym staff who are highly competent and caring at all times, in all the years I have attended.
In fact, on January 2, there was a medical emergency at the Randburg gym.
The staff stayed with the member and called over the intercom for medical assistance. Shortly after that, the paramedics arrived. There was no shortage of assistance from staff in any way.
Thank goodness this little child came to no harm, but it was not due to the incompetence of Virgin Active! Hurlingham Manor THE MATRIC results announcement (on Wednesday) by Angie Motshekga was again an absolute embarrassment.
Thousands of pupils have done brilliantly and they are to be congratulated on their achievements.
However, we now bring in Umalusi whose sole purpose is to fudge the stats to make the ANC look good. They call it “standardisation”.
This year they “standardised” 29 subjects up and four down.
As an example they may take a pupil who gets 28 percent and add 20percent to give him 48percent, which is not a bad mark.
However, this is still the same pupil who has failed hopelessly.
According to Mary Metcalfe,“standardisation” is not political (that’s rich coming from somebody who has been an ANC member for years).
She says it is a standard way of ensuring that all pupils get a fair chance to pass!
We now apply the “progression” principle where pupils who have failed twice are automatically promoted to get them out of the system. Motshekga said those students got some help; she did not say we just give them the marks to pass.
They go into a class where most of the pupils have got there on merit.
This is an absolute nightmare for a teacher teaching pupils who got 28percent and others who got genuine pass marks.
Motshekga admitted it’s a problem, but who cares!
I have listened to the head of Umalusi and its spokesperson and it is patently obvious that they are political appointments and not professional educationists.
I suggest that its R19 million budget (2014 figure) be used for teacher training.
What chance do pupils have of passing when so many teachers are inadequately trained? Berario