Dedicated teachers recognised

2013-08-05 00:00

THE almost 5 000 teachers the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education loses annually, together with the thousands of unqualified teachers, poses a serious threat to quality education in the province.

This warning comes from department head Nkosinathi Sishi, who spoke at a function on Saturday honouring staff for loyalty, long service and dedication.

Sishi said they hope these awards will motivate other staff members.

“Our Education Department alone loses more that 5 000 teachers per annum and it is difficult to replace them. In addition, we have more than 14 000 teachers who are either unqualified or under-qualified.

“This situation may pose a critical threat on the quest to render quality education” said Sishi.

He said he was thrilled and proud to honour the rare breed of employees who have served the system during and after the apartheid era.

“This is the indication of the calibre of officials we are honouring. In your service you have experienced various challenges, like poor and unequal conditions of service, racial segregation, gender inequality, conflict, suppression and oppression. But you also saw the dawn of democracy and the development of new legislation and policies,” said Sishi.

The department’s deputy director Dr Simon Mbokazi was among those who received a certificate for loyal service since 1971.

Mbokazi said the education system should revive the values of former missionary schools.

“Teachers then had the values of ubuntu. They were not just teachers; they were parenting pupils and had a vision of making them better leaders of tomorrow,” he said.

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