The Lesedi Primary School in Phahameng, Bloemfontein, has bid farewell to two of the old guard at an emotional function held in Bloemfontein on Friday (07/12). The retiring pair is Mathews Litjamela, who held the position of principal, and teacher Sophia Mohibidu. They served in the teaching profession for between 36 and 37 years. Litjamela goes on retirement having being principal at Lesedi since 2005, while Mohibidu was a senior teacher. Both have fond memories of the years they were in teaching.Mohibidu said respect stood out from the learners she taught when she started in 1980.“I happened to teach learners who were older in Botshabelo, but they respected every teacher in every way, as oppose to the current generation. Self-respect and discipline among that generation made me enjoy teaching completely. This is something the current generation of teachers are missing, because they have to deal with an ill-disciplined generation abusing so called rights,” said Mohibidu.Litjamela recalled fond memories of the good old days of teaching when every scholar was obedient and would take advise from teachers.Yet the low of the era was the abuse of power by unions where it was undue. “I remember an incident where I represented a teacher who was caught red-handed drinking alcohol while on duty. In the long run, the union wanted him protected from being fired although he was in the wrong. The dude happened to take advantage after he got a lenient punishment and he saw no wrong, and so did the union. It was complete abuse of power by the union, of which I happened to be a member,” said Litjamela. Florence Nkoe, a teacher at Lesedi, stated that both Litjamela and Mohibidu would be missed.“Father Litjamela ensured stability at school even during crisis times when learners were threatened by gangsters,” said Nkoe.