Teach­ers de­serve more credit for hard work

The Star Early Edition - - LETTERS - Rev Maudu Morudu

FIRST, let me con­grat­u­late the 2016 Grade 12 pupils who passed. Those who did not make it must not sur­ren­der be­cause there are num­ber of op­tions avail­able for them.

Ev­ery pro­fes­sion has its own pres­sure and chal­lenges. Nev­er­the­less, I have rea­son to be­lieve that the teach­ing pro­fes­sion is the one that sub­jects those who are work­ing within it – teach­ers – to the most pres­sure.

I guess be­cause teach­ers are as­signed with the cru­cial task and re­spon­si­bil­ity of shap­ing and pre­par­ing the lead­ers and pro­fes­sion­als of to­mor­row.

It is be­cause of teach­ers that, in our so­ci­ety, we have lawyers, doc­tors, tech­ni­cians, engi­neers and other pro­fes­sion­als.

Teach­ers are also act­ing in loco par­en­tis.

They are not only teach­ing pupils, but they are also act­ing in the place of par­ents when pupils are in their cus­tody at school.

I some­times won­der whether peo­ple do re­alise the sig­nif­i­cant role that teach­ers play in life.

When Ba­sic Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Angie Mot­shekga an­nounced the re­sults, it emerged

there was an im­prove­ment in terms of the na­tional pass per­cent­age, that in­cludes pro­gressed pupils in 2016 com­pared with the 70 per­cent of 2015. Ac­co­lades were given to all the stake­hold­ers in ed­u­ca­tion for their ef­forts which con­trib­uted to the pass rate.

I thought of teach­ers. The pres­sure and chal­lenges that they are sub­jected to crossed my mind. There are so many teach­ers who go the ex­tra mile.

They sac­ri­fice a lot to en­sure that pupils be­come bet­ter peo­ple to­mor­row.

They work tire­lessly, day and night, to bring out the best in pupils.

I say day and night be­cause teach­ers also work at home at night. They pre­pare lessons and they mark pupils’ books and scripts, for ex­am­ple, dur­ing the time they should be spend­ing with their fam­i­lies.

Even dur­ing the school hol­i­days, teach­ers work – per­haps to meet dead­lines.

There is an “ac­count­abil­ity ses­sion”quar­terly, when teach­ers must ac­count for the aca­demic per­for­mance of pupils.

Teach­ers are called to ac­count when pupils are fail­ing. They are ex­pected to ex­plain the rea­sons that might have led to the un­favourable re­sults of pupils.

There are those pupils who do not take their school work se­ri­ously and when they fail, the poor teach­ers must still ac­count for that.

There is a record of some pupils who do not at­tend school reg­u­larly, they come to school late, they do not at­tend all the sub­ject lessons, they do not do their home­work or as­sign­ments, and they do not at­tend ex­tra lessons or morn­ing and af­ter­noon classes.

Fur­ther­more, over-crowd­ing of pupils in class­rooms, lack of re­sources, in­suf­fi­cient learn­ing and teach­ing ma­te­rial, ill-dis­ci­plined pupils, the use of drugs, gam­bling, bul­ly­ing and fight­ing with other pupils are some of the chal­lenges that teach­ers en­counter.

There are even pupils who in­sult and as­sault teach­ers.

The salaries that teach­ers are paid are some­thing of a se­ri­ous con­cern com­pared with their work load.

Re­gard­less of all these chal­lenges we see teach­ers al­ways be­ing pas­sion­ate, dili­gent and in­dus­tri­ous.

I pay trib­ute to all teach­ers for their ster­ling work. They de­serve more credit. Temba, Ham­man­skraal

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AP­PRE­CI­A­TION: Teach­ers have to be pas­sion­ate, dili­gent and in­dus­tri­ous, says the writer. They put in a huge amount of ef­fort, even dur­ing school hol­i­days so that pupils can pass.

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