Sadtu issues strong advice

2016-09-07 06:00
PHOTO: nokuthula khanyile At the cutting of the cake in celebration of Women’s Month (from left) Wonder Mpisi (regional treasurer), Ayanda Nxumalo (branch education convener), Mthobisi Mncwabe (regional secretary) and Hle Lukhoba (regional gender convener).

PHOTO: nokuthula khanyile At the cutting of the cake in celebration of Women’s Month (from left) Wonder Mpisi (regional treasurer), Ayanda Nxumalo (branch education convener), Mthobisi Mncwabe (regional secretary) and Hle Lukhoba (regional gender convener).

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SOUTH African Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu) Harry Gwala region chairperson Balungile Ndlovu has called on female teachers not to turn a blind eye to sexual relations between teachers and pupils.

Ndlovu was speaking at ANC Moses Mabhida regional offices in Jabu Ndlovu Street during the union’s Women­’s Month celebration last Friday. The event was attended by teachers from Edendale and Imbali under the Sadtu Reggie Hadebe branch.

“There are many things that are happening and as female teachers we turn a blind eye. We need to speak up against this unacceptable behaviour that is tarnishing the teaching profession. Do not pretend you don’t see when these relationships are established, think about how you would feel as a parent if your child was being taken advantage of by an older man.

“It is disappointing to have a teacher dismissed because they had sexual relationship with a pupil.

“We are thankful the suspended teacher is not a member of Sadtu,” she said.

Ndlovu was referring to the teacher from Nquthu in northern KZN, who was suspended following allegations that he was having sex with pupils, and filmed it.

The suspended teacher is accused of allegedly abusing as many as six female pupils believed to be aged 14 and 15 and he appeared in court on Monday.

She said in most cases teachers who have “inappropriate” relationships with pupils are straight out of university.

“As teachers we are entrusted with the job of shaping these young minds. Let us not take this as an opportunity to prey on young girls. Your pupils may look like your peers, but they are not, as long as you are their teacher you are an adult and cannot be involved romantically with them.”

Female teachers were also encouraged by regional gender convener Hle Lukhoba to rise to top positions.

“Women have the ability to lead as well. Stop recommending your male counterparts for top positions in the school’s administration.

“Encourage female teachers to go for top positions as well - they have just as much ability. There is a lack of women in key leadership roles in the teaching fraternity,” said Lukhoba.

The event included entertainment from poet Gubhela, and teachers said they would donate canned food to be distributed to destitute homes around Imbali and Edendale.

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