Challenges facing young professionals

2018-04-09 13:46

I felt sorry to read that teaching in the public school system was a bad experience for Neliswa Dludla, the woman who started her own education centre in response. According to Dludla, the well-being of her as a teacher was non-existent and she has experienced patriarchy, ageism and racism. However, she does not substantiate these allegations. Many young people in other professions might feel the same but nothing will change unless we do something about it, bringing it under the attention of the appropriate authority.

She said she taught at a public school last year on a contract basis. She did not say if it was a Departmental or a Governing Body position and if a three month probation period was applicable. I find it hard to believe that she was unaware that her contract expired. She said her former high school did not pay her full salary. Remuneration of some Governing Body positions are less than permanent Departmental positions.

I admire her for starting a reading club. Well done!

Registering the academy as a non-profit organisation is in progress but as Dludla said, registration will require funds. Finding sponsors is difficult. She has limited teaching experience and her short work track record is to her disadvantage in finding financial assistance and donations.

She has appropriate teaching qualifications. A degree and a postgraduate certificate in education is an accession requirement and her Tesol qualification (teaching English to speakers of other languages) will be to her advantage if she wants to teach English abroad. 

Wishing Early Birds Lifestyle Academy all my best.

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