Playa haters diss star teacher
A LIMPOPO principal has defended one of his brightest and hardworking teachers, Hodi Tsamago, who is also a Thobela FM soccer commentator.
This follows complaints from Tsamago s colleagues that he is dedicating more time to his budding radio career than being in class, on time and teaching for seven hours a day.
Mamolemane Secondary School principal MJ Morapi told Sunday World that his science teacher had not missed a day of work, but had taken leave last January to cover the Africa Cup of Nations tournament held in South Africa.
I have never had a problem with this teacher. And I am aware that he is a soccer radio commentator.”
Morapi said Tsamago was one of his star teachers.
When he arrived at my school in 2010, the pass rate for matrics for science stood at 38%. Last year it was 86%,” he said.
Tsamago started teaching physical science in 2011 and the pass rate was 57%. The following year, it was in the mid-70s .
The star teacher also rejects the allegations that he is neglecting his pupils.
I love teaching and have found that I can be quite good at it and I am passionate about the children. I also love soccer, but I can t play any more. So I commentate.”
Tsamago said he was entitled to leave like any employee.
I know people think it was paid leave, but it wasn t. I didn t take a single day off school during Chan [the African Nations Championship]. All my games were during the weekend and at night.
If I recall, all but two were at Peter Mokaba Stadium, here in Polokwane. So people hear my voice at night and immediately think I am up to no good. But nothing could be further from the truth.”
Sunday World visited the school this week, and was told about Tsamago s other activities.
He is one of the best-performing teachers. Every time there s a community upliftment project, he is the first to volunteer his time,” said deputy principal Benjamin Moloto.
He and I arrived at this school in the same year. We soon realised that nothing was happening around the community, but knew we needed to reach out. Hodi was instrumental in securing funding for the basketball/ netball court.
He has adopted a few pupils, some here and others at tertiary institutions. He helps them with their needs, like buying uniforms.”
Sunday World met one of the students whose university fees were raised by Tsamago, Nelson Moloto (20) and his mother, Cylia, at their home.
Moloto obtained a level 5 for both maths and physical science, and wants to become a geologist or a pilot.
Tsamago said: I give extra lessons on Saturdays, Sundays and sometimes in the evening.
I don t understand what these allegations are about if not a desire to bring me down for ulterior motives.
Asked if he had obtained written permission from the Department of Basic Education to perform paid-for duties outside his work, he said no.
It is outside working hours and I didn t think I needed it. I am here every day at 6am and leave at 5pm, despite my commentating and reading for my Master s degree,” he said. I do my best.” Panyaza Lesufi, spokesman for the Department of Basic Education, said teachers needed written permission from the department to do extra paid-for work.