Pri­vate Schools hir­ing un­qual­i­fied Siswati teach­ers – Se­nior In­spec­tor

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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.

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