Help teachers regain self-respect
by low salaries.
When you are not respected by others, you lose your feeling of worth and self-respect.
No teacher with self-respect would arrive late, loiter in the staffroom when they should be teaching, enter the classroom drunk, or offer pass marks in exchange for sex.
A responsible, reliable teacher would not fear an inspection and an assessment. They would appreciate that inspectors are there to help, not to censure.
Sadtu’s aversion to inspections is suspect. Why haven’t they tackled the disrespectful way in which teachers are kept waiting months for a salary? That would be useful.
Teachers need to be respected as the educators and custodians of our children. Teachers need to develop self-respect; then they will be in a position to respect and support their colleagues, and respect the children they teach. This does not mean letting the children do as they please; that is a form of disrespect.
Children need to feel that their teacher believes they will take responsibility for their actions and that the teacher always has their best interests at heart.
I appreciate that the education system in this country is failing for a wide variety of reasons, but when people do not respect themselves and take pride in their work, no system will work. Craighall Park