Private Schools hiring unqualified Siswati teachers – Senior Inspector
Siswati Senior Inspector Celiwe Mohamed also took a swipe at private schools, saying she had paid a visit to private schools as a Siswati Senior Inspector and what she discovered was that most of the private schools do not hire professional Siswati teachers but, instead, they just take someone who knows Siswati and let them teach children the mother tongue.
She said what they are saying as a panel is that there must be a qualified teacher who teaches Siswati.
Mohamed said basically what is killing Siswati is that children who enrol at primary schools come from English Medium Pre Schools and when they get into schools, they find that speaking English is also enforced, which results into Siswati having no space.
Mohamed said the Siswati Board, which was set up in 2017 by the late Prime Minister Sibusiso Barnabas Dlamini, came into being because the country was heading for doom as it was losing its mother tongue.
Mohamed said as a Siswati panel, they developed concerns when they saw the results.
She said she even took it upon herself as a Senior Inspector to write to the Exams Council pertaining the results.
She said, however, it must be noted that it is not all doom and gloom as when one analyses the results up to Form Five, it is worth noting that the Siswati passing rate is much better because the learners are matured. Mohamed said the Siswati Panel is worried about the quality of Siswati in schools.
She stated that the challenge is the attitude, English Medium Pre Schools and the enforcing of speaking English in most schools. Mohamed said at primary level, the Siswati language is a serious issue that needs to be addressed.
BLASTS: Siswati Senior Inspector Celiwe Mohamed.