SGBs, teach­ers two sides of same coin

Daily News - - METRO -

I HAVE every sym­pa­thy for the teach­ers em­ployed by school gov­ern­ing bod­ies earn­ing a pit­tance (“Bleak Christ­mas for KZN teach­ers”, Daily News, De­cem­ber 4).

Fuel prices mean R1 500 a month will only be suf­fi­cient to pay their trans­port costs, leav­ing lit­tle to noth­ing to live on.

How­ever, hav­ing served on a gov­ern­ing body at a pub­lic school a few years ago, I have sym­pa­thy for the in­di­vid­u­als who serve on these bod­ies, too.

Theirs is a thank­less task. They have to make of­ten un­pop­u­lar de­ci­sions con­cern­ing fee in­creases and other mat­ters, and walk a tightrope be­tween en­sur­ing the in­ter­ests of par­ents and pupils are served, without over­step­ping the mark and tread­ing on the prin­ci­pal’s toes.

Called to meet­ings to give their in­put, most par­ents can­not find the time to at­tend, but then find plenty of time to com­plain about de­ci­sions taken in their ab­sence.

SGBs em­ploy ex­tra teach­ers to of­fer a bet­ter ser­vice to pupils – not for any other rea­son.

And they would pay these teach­ers much bet­ter if all par­ents paid their chil­dren’s school fees.

I agree with your ed­i­to­rial that it is un­con­scionable for teach­ers to be paid R1 500 a month, but I sub­mit that it is also un­con­scionable for par­ents who have no qualms pay­ing for their chil­dren to wear the lat­est de­signer cloth­ing and to have cell­phones, to baulk at pay­ing fees.

Hav­ing failed to get par­ents to ap­pre­ci­ate where their pri­or­i­ties should lie, I con­fess I don’t know where the so­lu­tion lies. But at the end of the day, the teach­ers have the choice to work for R1 500 a month, or not. D MKHIZE Dur­ban

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