‘Manners should be taught at home’

2018-04-11 06:02
Angie Motshekga, Minister of Basic Education.      Photo: Boipelo Mere

Angie Motshekga, Minister of Basic Education. Photo: Boipelo Mere

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The continued abuse of children, as well as learners abusing their teachers, can be blamed on society. Every individual within the community should aim to protect children.

This is the view of Angie Motshekga, Minister of Basic Education, after several cases of sexual abuse against children and abuse against teachers went viral on social media earlier this year.

Motshekga spoke at the International Women’s Day celebrations of the South African Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu) at the Mayibuye Centre in Kimberley on 17 March.

According to Motshekga, actions of abuse start with a state of mind.

Motshekga emphasised the importance of family members, especially parents, educating their children at home.

“This is a societal problem, because these kids come from homes where they do not necessarily learn manners,” said Motshekga.

and come with attitudes from their homes.“So, as society, we have to take up the responsibility ourselves and not just sit back and expect the sector to take responsibility for a lack of discipline.”

Mugwena Maluleke, general secretary of Sadtu, agreed that joint responsibility was the best solution for solving this problem.

He said government and schools alone could not be expected to keep tabs of the school teach children manners.

How children conduct themselves should be taught at home, he believes.and the fact that they are going to school.

He added that teachers and parents were responsible for maintaining professional conduct and that they had to pledge to protect children.

“Of course we want the government to provide security in our schools, but the best security in education is joint responsibility,” said Maluleke.

“We cannot just stand around and watch our children backchat their teachers.”


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