Department goes beyond call of duty

2011-04-04 00:00

LAZY teachers have been warned — the new head of the Education Department plans a tough approach.

Dr Nkosinathi Sishi was formally introduced during a media briefing at the department’s head offices on Friday.

Addressing the media, Mchunu made it clear that his department was dedicated to service, adding that they will go beyond the call of duty.

In his budget speech, he said that the department’s quality teaching and learning pledge signed by all stakeholders states that managers must manage, teachers must teach, parents must support their children, while pupils are expected to learn.

“From the meetings I’ve held with Dr Sishi, I was delighted to note that he shared the same views I hold of a classroom-centred department of education because whatever we do, must contribute to what happens in the classroom,” Mchunu told journalists.

Questioned by The Witness on what his approach will be towards teacher unions, which have said previous HoDs struggled because they did not view unions as an integral part of education, Sishi said this department is lucky in that the MEC is himself a teacher, as is Sishi.

“We are very familiar with union activities, as teachers we were affected by the same issues … Our interaction with teachers will no longer be general but very specific.

“One of the areas that has been receiving sharp criticism from the unions is in the area of curriculum support. And I think you can see how serious we are about it by looking at the budget and see where we have put the money, the people and time,” said Sishi.

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