Help teach­ers re­gain self-re­spect

The Star Early Edition - - LETTERS - Jill Jac­ques

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

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