Motlanthe: Teachers are role models

2013-05-04 20:10
Kgalema Motlanthe (Picture: AFP)

Kgalema Motlanthe (Picture: AFP)

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Johannesburg - Teachers are viewed by society as models of moral excellence and transmitters of culture, Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe said on Saturday.

"Society looks to educators as models of moral excellence and the transmitters of culture, value system and norms. Teachers are charged to socialise learners into matured and responsible adults who will in turn take up their societal places in the future," Motlante said in a speech prepared for delivery in Polokwane.

Motlanthe was speaking at the opening of the SA Democratic Teachers' Union's [Sadtu] Curtis Nkondo Professional Development Institute in Polokwane.

He said teachers were expected to lead by example.

"Against this background, educators have the moral, professional, intellectual and historical duty to avoid acts of behaviour inconsistent with these expectations of their profession."

Motlanthe said Sadtu, more than any other organisation, carried more responsibility to lead the way towards a morally grounded nation.

"Nothing could justify sexist, public insults levelled at the minister of basic education [Angie Motshekga] as happened and one can only hope that this act amounted to a fleeting lapse of moral judgement," he said.

Motlanthe was referring to an incident in which Sadtu members were seen holding panties with the words "puluma ya Angie" during a protest.

"Teachers must now more than ever commit themselves to ensuring that we build an education and training system that is steeped in the highest quality standards, producing capable cohorts of future leaders who will help eradicate the challenges we are confronted with."

The institute was expected to set Sadtu on a path towards improving skills and training development of its members.

Nkondo was a teacher who dedicated a large part of his life to the liberation struggle during the apartheid era.
- SAPA
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