Can't expel teachers, parents warned

2012-01-24 19:25

Johannesburg - Parents cannot expel non-performing teachers from schools but must work through legal channels, the National Congress of School Governing Bodies said on Tuesday.

Congress general secretary Monokoane Hlobo, said in an interview he was concerned that parents who disciplined teachers would impede education and damage the relationship parents enjoyed with education authorities.

The congress represents 500 school governing bodies across the country.

There have been isolated incidents at schools like Hohle Primary, Lebelo Primary, and Katanelo Primary in the Free State, where parents had tried to expel under-performing teachers, he said.

"The role of school governors is to support principals with their professional duties and responsibilities so that effective teaching and learning can take place," Hlobo said.

In turn, principals should supervise teachers and report back to parents about their school's performance every quarter.

"We encourage all schools to follow proper channels when dealing with teacher-related problems to avoid unnecessary disruption of education."

Hlobo said parents were upset when their children were given poor reports and blamed teachers.

They also became upset when teachers were absent from school.

"We call on school governing bodies to stop expelling teachers as this is illegal, but rather to find amicable solutions to their problems."

  • John - 2012-01-24 19:39

    Transfer the bad teachers to the night shift teaching adults. And then the tokolosh comes to sort them out!

      Squeegee - 2012-01-24 20:04

      Cant expel kids either. Hopeless situation.

      John - 2012-01-24 21:02

      Black teachers are 1 of those groups of people which were mobilized by the ANC to make South Africa ungovernable. These are failing to make the TRANSFORMATION from lazy bums to hard workers which is required in the New South Africa since 1994. That is why ALL OVER SOUTH AFRICA black parents desperately try to get their children into schools with WHITE TEACHERS, who work and teach properly. Black parents make big sacrifices to give their children the best possible schooling, that is why ex-white schools are packed, buses arriving from Soweto everyday has far as Benoni, while ex-black township schools are half empty, as in Daveyton. Black parents will have to sort out bad black teachers, man to man.

  • wesleywt - 2012-01-24 19:42

    Parents should not listen to this idiot. Get rid of these parasites because they are damaging your child's future. This moron does not care about you.

      Silver - 2012-01-25 07:49


  • Brent - 2012-01-24 19:43

    The problkem is that under performing teachers are not being dealt with adequately.This is why parents are responding this way.

      Mhlophe - 2012-01-31 09:51

      Under performing teachers, just part of the trend along with the under performing police, hospitals, government etc. SGB's should be taken more seriously, after all, these are OUR children we are looking out for.

  • Anthony - 2012-01-24 19:45

    oh so they can get payed for doing nothing wellcome to FREE education.

      Anthony - 2012-01-24 19:48

      sorry wrong, make that NO education?

      Kim - 2012-01-24 19:51

      Payed is paid Anthony. Sorry LOL

      Anthony - 2012-01-24 20:03

      oops sorry kim, glad to see you a better teacher,

      Hans - 2012-01-25 09:28

      Hi Kim, I wish you were my teacher. LOL

  • Comrade - 2012-01-24 19:51

    no problem. as long as non performing teachers can get SUSPENDED WITHOUT PAY...subject to the final outcome. Thats FAIR!!

  • Mark - 2012-01-24 20:00

    Can teachers give detention to under-performing parents?

  • pws69 - 2012-01-24 20:11

    The analysis of the law is correct. The problem starts with the teacher running to SADTU, who then calls in the principal, who in these cases is generally also SADTU, and disciplines the principal, for trying to do his job. This includes threats of disruption to the school if he proceeds, and bringing the full might of SADTU to bear on him (the SADTU members who generally populate the Department of Education unit the principal reports to) who in turn will threaten that they will destroy his careers. Get rid of SADTU and the problems will reduce dramatically.

      Deon - 2012-01-24 20:29

      Very rarely to I agree with Andile Lungisa but he is correct when he said that we have to get rid of the unions in education and have it declared an essential service - two generations have already been given a poor hand due to SADTU and OBE and this will negatively impact on SA for generations to come

  • Newsreader - 2012-01-24 20:28

    Yep! Thats how it works. One big brush applies all from our ANC policies. So in thirty years we have the Gadaffi, the Mugabi, the school incompetent school teachers. Viva mielie pap! Viva!!!!

      Motho - 2012-01-24 20:56

      How do you that the spokesperson from this organisation is member of the ANC?

      Newsreader - 2012-01-24 21:18

      Motho.. because the sun went down and the lights came on. So he flutters around bashing into the press light bulb!!

  • willbeonekenobi - 2012-01-24 21:21

    Someone correct me if I'm wrong but wouldn't a bad report cars also imply that the child is not learning whatever subject or not studying/doing homework or projects and therefor it is the students fault that s/he had performed poorly and not the teacher as in some cases you can have the best teachers but the worst students? Because it is the student at fault and not the teacher.

      berni.venter - 2012-01-25 08:19

      Ironically teachers have FORMAL training to deal with problem students. That is if they give a hoot... 80/20 principal applies... if 80% of the class is performing well under a teachers guidance all aboveboard... if only 20% of the class is performing well what then? Enter the unions and incompetence rules!

  • spnkosi - 2012-01-25 00:00

    Kwanzima ukuba wuThisha...Kaze abazali baye bacabangeni uma besibuka jeso!1

      Gregory - 2012-01-25 07:28


      Newsreader - 2012-01-25 08:13

      ahhh spooga spooook!

  • Willem - 2012-01-25 07:58

    I just wonder who is paying the bills? Parents surly can insist on receiving something for their rands. You see the problem is that not all of the salary bill is paid by the government. What does the trade union pay? This article surely give the impression that under performing teachers are allowed by the government to be under performing, it is OK for them to make a mess of children's education and be paid to do so, by the parents. Is this country satisfied with useless teaching. Perhaps we should strife for mediocrity, at least that is a step up.

  • jody.beggs - 2012-01-25 08:44

    Whats the point in keeping rotten teachers , make an example of them and get them out of the school education system. cANCer should also open all the teaching colleges they closed down and retrain the failed teachers into other post only after passing exams. What's the point in destroying the education system unless you want to keep the majority stupid to vote for you. Damn the man.

  • Lloyd - 2012-01-25 09:38

    we pay for our children's right to education. surely we can demand value for our money...

  • ludlowdj - 2012-01-25 10:08

    For those that can afford it overseas tuition is of course the way to go, to avoid the dumbing down process the education system in this country represents, but then again the ANC really doesn't want to have to contend with an intelligent population either.

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