Sadtu leader sets shining example

2016-01-27 06:00
English teacher and Sadtu leader Siyathokoza Mchunu says he hopes his achievements would dispel the perception that the union is not committed to serving pupils quality education. Photo: Makhosandile Zulu

English teacher and Sadtu leader Siyathokoza Mchunu says he hopes his achievements would dispel the perception that the union is not committed to serving pupils quality education. Photo: Makhosandile Zulu

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MEMBER of the South African Democratic Teacher’s Union (Sadtu) eThekwini North Regional executive committee and regional organising committee and the union’s Maphumulo branch secretary Siyathokoza Mchunu was acknowledged for his exemplary work as an English teacher at Vukile High School, in Maphumulo, at a circuit awards ceremony held last Friday.

Mchunu said his Grade 12 English class all passed the subject with most pupils obtaining quality results.

“As a Sadtu leader I lead by example in terms of ensuring that education is a priority,” said Mchunu.

He said he hopes that his achievements as a Sadtu member would help dispel the negative notion that the union contributes to the dismal performance of schools throughout the country, and the district in particular.

“Sadtu members are committed to their work and to the task of empowering the African child with knowledge,” he said.

Mchunu said he benefitted immensely from educational programmes organised by the union to uplift teachers.

“As members we are always encouraged by the union to do our best. The union always emphasises that as teachers we should perform our duties at our level best,” he said.

He said ensuring that pupils grasped the English language and passed convincingly was no easy feat as some lived far away from the school and could not attend morning and evening extra classes.

However, some parents, he said, responded to this challenge by finding accommodation for their children which was closer to school.

Mchunu said the support he received from his superiors also contributed to his achievements as well as the determination that was displayed by the pupils.

He said maintaining discipline in the classroom and attending each lesson with the purpose to teach is key to ensuring that teaching and learning yield positive results.

“My pupils knew my motto which is: there is no substitute for hard work and diligence,” he said.

Speaking in his capacity as branch secretary at the awards ceremony, Mchunu said: “In pursuit for socialism, Sadtu 2030 vision emphasises educating the African child and ensuring quality education in public schools. Chairperson, it is of great pleasure that after many critics from counter revolutionaries and perpetrators of injustice in Maphumulo CMC, schools that got more than 90 percent in the 2015 results are dominated by Sadtu and statistics don’t lie.”

Mchunu went on to state that the union’s Maphumulo branch has declared 2016 as the year of the pupil.
This, he said, means union members are committed to serving pupils with respect and dignity.

He said though teachers work under strenuous conditions which are not conducive to teaching and learning, they should always get to class on time and get on with the business of teaching.

“We encourage our union members and colleagues to continue with their good work and we appreciate their dedication and commitment towards the teaching profession,” he said.

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