Teach­ers serv­ing as coun­cil­lors must re­sign

Zululand Observer - Monday - - ZO NEWS - Thando Ndlovu

TEACH­ERS who also work as mu­nic­i­pal coun­cil­lors should leave the De­part­ment of Education im­me­di­ately be­cause they are do­ing a dis­ser­vice to both mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties and schools.

This was the sen­ti­ment of Uni­ver­sity of Zu­l­u­land’s Prof Silo Ku­tami in his key­note ad­dress at the King Cetshwayo District Achieve­ment Awards func­tion at uM­folozi TVET Col­lege last week.

He said the chal­lenges af­fect­ing the func­tion­ing of schools and dif­fer­ent mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties are largely as a re­sult of teach­ers who are part­time coun­cil­lors.

‘There is no way you can have an ef­fec­tive teacher who is also an ef­fec­tive coun­cil­lor. These are two dif­fer­ent roles that re­quire com­plete at­ten­tion.

‘Peo­ple must de­cide where they want to be.

‘We can’t be gam­bling with the fu­ture of our chil­dren. Teach­ers need to be at schools at all times teach­ing and build­ing the na­tion.

‘We want a gen­er­a­tion of teach­ers who will work as a col­lec­tive and share knowl­edge and ex­per­tise for the ben­e­fit of our learn­ers.’

Education District Di­rec­tor David Chonco praised the schools that raised the bar for the district, par­tic­u­larly those who are in deep ru­ral ar­eas.

‘We pro­duced 3 700 matrics qual­i­fy­ing for bach­e­lors de­gree stud­ies last year and there is a com­mit­ment from all of us to in­crease this num­ber to 4 000 this year, with spe­cial em­pha­sis on math­e­mat­ics and science.’

Ku­tami Thando Ndlovu

St Cather­ine’s Prin­ci­pal Vanessa Janse van Rens­burg (front) re­ceived the award for best per­form­ing school. At the back are King Cetshwayo District Mayor Nonhle Mkhulisi, Education Di­rec­tor David Chonco, MP No­ma­lun­gelo Gina and Prof Silo

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