Zuma calls for school checks

2012-12-17 00:00

PRESIDENT Jacob Zuma wants the return of inspectors who make unannounced visits to schools, to check if teachers are in the classroom and teaching.

Zuma, who was giving his political report to the ANC’s conference in Mangaung, departed from his written script to sound a stern warning to teachers.

He said it was too bad if the “comrades in education did not like this. We are building a nation and a nation is first about its youth.”

He added: “Let me repeat the call to all our teachers, that they should be in school, in class, on time, teaching for seven hours every school day next year.” If they did not do it, “we are going to do it for them”, he said.

Zuma warned teachers against going to school casually dressed or wearing takkies, saying they should take responsibility for playing their part to build the nation.

The idea of reintroducing inspectors has previously been opposed by a Cosatu affiliate, the SA Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu).

Eventually it was decided that checking on schools should be done in a more transparent way, to develop teachers, rather than chastise them.

KZN Sadtu members were surprised that Zuma had raised the issue in his speech yesterday.

They referred queries to Sadtu’s KZN secretary, Mbuyiseni Mathonsi, who did not respond to messages left on his phone at the time of going to press.

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