A mon­ster dis­guis­ing as a teacher

Sowetan - - Opinion -

It’s the sec­ond week of school in 2019 and par­ents are hav­ing high hopes for their chil­dren. Par­ents wait with bated breath to see how their kids per­form at the end of the year. Ba­si­cally, all par­ents send their lit­tle ones to schools to arm them with the most im­por­tant thing in life – ed­u­ca­tion.

They en­trust their faith in teach­ers to pre­pare their chil­dren for chal­lenges ahead.

So, par­ents would al­ways ex­pect teach­ers to han­dle them­selves in a pro­fes­sional man­ner from which our kids will learn.

But one Soweto par­ent is liv­ing to re­gret the day she took her child to a Jo­han­nes­burg school. Jes­sica Mn­guni, 49, wanted her 18-year-old daugh­ter to have an ed­u­ca­tion that would make her a bet­ter per­son. Mn­guni knows the im­por­tance of ed­u­ca­tion as she’s also a teacher by pro­fes­sion. But she has been left dev­as­tated af­ter her daugh­ter, as we re­ported on page 8 in to­day’s edi­tion, com­mit­ted sui­cide af­ter she was al­legedly bul­lied by her maths teacher at Voren­toe high school. In a heart-rend­ing sui­cide note she wrote months be­fore she took her own life last week, Nicole de­scribes how un­bear­able her life had be­come af­ter the al­leged hu­mil­i­a­tion by her teacher. The Gaut­eng depart­ment of ed­u­ca­tion says it is aware of the mat­ter and promised to in­ves­ti­gate. If the teacher is found guilty, the depart­ment should not hes­i­tate to fire her be­cause she surely does not be­long in the pro­fes­sion. She is a dis­grace to this no­ble pro­fes­sion. In fact, this teacher doesn’t de­serve to work within any en­vi­ron­ment with chil­dren.

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