Motlanthe: Teachers are role models

2013-05-04 20:10

Johannesburg - Teachers are viewed by society as models of moral excellence and transmitters of culture, Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe said on Saturday.

"Society looks to educators as models of moral excellence and the transmitters of culture, value system and norms. Teachers are charged to socialise learners into matured and responsible adults who will in turn take up their societal places in the future," Motlante said in a speech prepared for delivery in Polokwane.

Motlanthe was speaking at the opening of the SA Democratic Teachers' Union's [Sadtu] Curtis Nkondo Professional Development Institute in Polokwane.

He said teachers were expected to lead by example.

"Against this background, educators have the moral, professional, intellectual and historical duty to avoid acts of behaviour inconsistent with these expectations of their profession."

Motlanthe said Sadtu, more than any other organisation, carried more responsibility to lead the way towards a morally grounded nation.

"Nothing could justify sexist, public insults levelled at the minister of basic education [Angie Motshekga] as happened and one can only hope that this act amounted to a fleeting lapse of moral judgement," he said.

Motlanthe was referring to an incident in which Sadtu members were seen holding panties with the words "puluma ya Angie" during a protest.

"Teachers must now more than ever commit themselves to ensuring that we build an education and training system that is steeped in the highest quality standards, producing capable cohorts of future leaders who will help eradicate the challenges we are confronted with."

The institute was expected to set Sadtu on a path towards improving skills and training development of its members.

Nkondo was a teacher who dedicated a large part of his life to the liberation struggle during the apartheid era.

  • Musa KamaShobane - 2013-05-04 20:24

    They used to be models of moral excellence. Sadhu came along and started to hang underwears in public, there goes the moral excellence

  • Johnathan Joffie Jacobs - 2013-05-04 20:29

    Really teachers are role models? Instead of worrying about Angie and her oversized panties they should be educating our children. But seeing as its the norm to pretty much strike for any reason these days why should they care , this is what our children are taught by these so called role models is that if you want something you STRIKE. Our education system is a joke.

  • Annemarie White - 2013-05-04 20:30

    Scary, scary words those.

  • Kari Pentikainen - 2013-05-04 20:30

    Please. When is this corrupt ANC going to lead by example !

      Jacqui Daane Van Rensburg - 2013-05-05 11:31

      Kari Pentikainen. They are leading by example.

  • Karl Klopjag - 2013-05-04 20:33

    So, pay them what they are worth then.

      Jenifer Johnstone - 2013-05-04 21:02

      cant do that R206m was spent on zumzum's nkandla villa

  • Irvin Mkhari - 2013-05-04 20:35

    that was the punishment of poor education system weaken by the minister of basic education.

  • Simon Ramapuputla - 2013-05-04 20:37

    Can anybody tell me why news24 deletes comments that favours ANC?

      Jacob Molife - 2013-05-04 21:17

      So's to campaign successfully for British Aid withdrawal. By 2015!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Jacqui Daane Van Rensburg - 2013-05-05 11:32

      Simon Ramapuputla. Were they readable?.

  • Luthando Love Voco - 2013-05-04 20:45

    Help me understand please, why are they striking again? Why give them so much responsibilty, yet the very person who is sapose to be their modle knows nothing about education! But then gain, who needs qualifications

  • Michael Jackwood - 2013-05-04 20:47

    Mr Motlanthe, SADTU educators are not role models, they do the following things, 1. They leave learners unattended for SADTU meetings on a regular basis. 2. They are refusing to write exams of which they want to mark matric papers for. 3. They have blocked all learners from attending sports and etra-lessons, thats how bad things are right now.

      Moses Govender - 2013-05-04 20:59

      ....and they continue to intimidate they educators who are real role models and want to teach!

  • Zoleka Mussana - 2013-05-04 20:53

    whose role models? How can they be while some cant even express themselves well in English. I'm so grateful to those who taught me.

      Riffak Traws - 2013-05-05 08:25

      You don't need to express yourself well in English to be a role model. Please check your definition

  • As You Were - 2013-05-04 20:53

    I agree, just as long as if they are not SADTU members. SADTU is the reason our education is in such a mess. SA needs to visit the history books and take notes from how the late Thatcher curbed the powers of unions.

  • Jenifer Johnstone - 2013-05-04 21:04

    sadtu is destroying education with all their strikes .morals -read many stories where teachers sleep with pupils

  • mantlekilo - 2013-05-04 21:11

    What planet are you from old man ? Teaching used to be a profession ( and here I sincerely apologise to those who really do have the calling to teach). Now it is simply 'sheltered employment' where the future of the learners is secondary to self gratification. The Department can readily supply statistics on teacher absenteeism and resource and learner abuse. Add to this the 'outside interests' of so many of these teachers and you get the picture that perhaps one in five is a 'good role model' for the youngsters, whilst the other four,sadly. are also role models albethey the worst kind.

      True Blue - 2013-05-04 21:40

      What you say in unfortunately correct. The kind of teacher whom Motlanthe descibes is few and far between.

      Karen Perks Woodward - 2013-05-05 02:37

      May I comment on teacher absenteeism statistics after having to send statistics to the department! The question: what percentage of learners was affected by the bus strike! Answer: none, not one of our learners use bus transport! We still had to send the absenteeism numbers, which will now form part of the statistics! Then we had to calculate according to their formula: if I have 35 learners in my class and 1 boy was absent that week and 1 girl absent for 4 days, I now have an absenteeism % of 14% because 5 out of 35 was absent! This is absurd!

  • Makgabo Chokoe - 2013-05-04 21:13

    Even now i don't know why motlanthe is not our president.keep on speaking and advancing life

  • firmsly.kabelo - 2013-05-04 21:15

    I agree with the deputy president that teachers are role models and society builders. and I'm proud that there's someone who is a teachers and she's very special to me and I'm grateful she chose this profession. Government must just come to the party and build world class schools and stop changing the education system every 7years. To all the teachers, her included I take my hat off.

  • Rammutlamojelamabokela Kp Mashishi - 2013-05-04 22:09

    jst like polititians!

  • Charmaine McDonald - 2013-05-04 22:12

    Educators are human beings, they also have bad and good points, But not all educators are MORAL and set good examples for the youth of Today. This said from experience. Most of them are not fit to be in the class rooms.

  • Sipho Mnguni - 2013-05-04 22:21

    Teachers were role models a long time ago not now where they decide to strike at anytime the feel like. Not this time where they impregnate school girls. Not at all where they become school boy drinking buddies. Not now where on their marches they display underwear and wearing ill-fitting jeans. No they are not role models unless you are canvassing their vote come 2014. Otherwise, honestly speaking Deputy President you are just playing a politician that you are. Goodnight!

      Sipho Mathabula - 2013-05-04 22:33

      Tell him brother.

  • Sipho Mathabula - 2013-05-04 22:31

    Teaching kids how to strike all we need.

  • precious.yumyum - 2013-05-05 01:19

    Politicians too are...

  • Seun Mogotji - 2013-05-05 07:12

    Because they teach our children how to walk with ANGIE'S PANTIES on the street to the NATIONAL BUILDING!

  • Bhekubaba Mawelela - 2013-05-05 07:41

    our country is blessed with words of mouth,but you can not dispute that ,sometimes its only words or speeches we say and the moral decay continues in speed of light,infesting all corners of our country.

  • comrade.matjoi - 2013-05-05 08:01

    No one. Whether sadtu member or anyone can justify the use of panty in public to show anger against mama angie!however, the issue is not that but what fueled our moral agents to go that far? Being a role model does not give you money to survive in this capitalist state but even politicians in fact everyone is a role model in his private or public corner! Give teachers what they want so that they don't see the need to march and teach children Resource public schools so that teachers do not take/send their children to so called model C schools where you politicians take your children too. I remain comrade matjoi

  • Riffak Traws - 2013-05-05 08:30

    Teachers have never been role models. Actors, singers, lawyers, entrepreneurs, even gangsters were role models. Please don't try and fool us with you pseudo-euphoric propaganda.

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  • Uzziphathele KaSkhokho Tshabalala - 2013-05-05 09:40

    I see every one is saying teachers this and that,bt what about Angie,she the one failing education,she's useless,look at limpopo,EC,for an example,education system needs someone who can take education to upper level,bt the head needs Angie because she is the leader of ANCWL and if he does remove Angie he can kiss women support goodbye,what do u expect at the end???,let's look at why they strike,the fact is Angie is useless...,she's busy wasting millions installing the system to check up on teachers,that's principal's work,look to be present doesn't mean u working,now is she's going to monitor if teachers doing there job???,what a waist of money,that money can build more schools,upgrading schools,shortage of books at schools,this money can do a lot.

  • Altus Kirsten - 2013-05-05 10:55

    Did your stone get turned?

  • Jacqui Daane Van Rensburg - 2013-05-05 11:30

    Those kind of teachers Motlanthe, are standing on the sidelines, unemployed.

  • Winifred Watson - 2013-05-05 13:08

    Yes at one time Teachers were role models but not today, when teachers go on strike they always carrying on like hooligans, would you say this is a good role model for children. What message is it they are giving to the children, when they see their teachers demanding, trashing like spoilt children who cant get their own way. This is not civilized, this is barbaric to say the least. Come on, get rid of these hooligans government and employ teachers who put childrens education before their own needs, we do not have to be subjected to this trash we are seeing on tv every day. Its not good for south africa and its sending out a very bad message to our up and coming youth. These are low standard standard teacher, we need to up education and need upstanding teachers, who have morals, are hardworking, and are good role models for their pupils. Go away you trash, you are better suited to sweeping the streets.

  • Patricia Dewet - 2013-05-05 13:31

    Sorry they used to be. Very few left to be able to loop up to.

      Patricia Dewet - 2013-05-05 13:33

      Sorry to look up to.

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