Teaching efforts not unnoticed, Zuma says

2012-10-05 16:37

Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma on Friday thanked teachers for their contribution to educating and developing children.

"Our teachers work hard day in and out, sometimes under difficult conditions, sometimes putting [in] extra hours, even on weekends, to ensure that our children attain good results," Zuma said in a statement to mark World Teachers' Day.

"Your efforts are not going unnoticed. As government we recognise your hard work."

He encouraged children to respect and support their teachers and understand how important their jobs were.
"The success of our learners is to a large extent determined by the level of effort and commitment that is put in by our teachers. Thus it is vital that our teachers are in school, in class, on time, teaching for at least seven hours a day."


The Inkatha Freedom Party said it supported the day's theme - "Take a Stand for Teachers".

"This is not just a day to show our appreciation for teachers, but an opportunity to commit to supporting teachers as they perform their valuable role in shaping our future citizens," IFP MP and youth brigade chairperson Mkhuleko Hlengwa said in a statement.

"We thank our teachers for the work that they do under very trying circumstances. We know that teaching is not an easy profession."

The SA Council of Educators said it religiously marked the day to recognise South African teachers.

"Regardless of the challenging environment in which educators operate, teachers have without any doubt proved to be exceptional in the way they execute their mandate."

The council urged pupils to "swell the ranks" of the teaching profession.

  • john.bhekimuzi - 2012-10-05 16:48

    Leave the power Zuma! ANC has failed in the education of our youth!

      grootrot.vanzyl - 2012-10-05 17:30

      Just what hard work are you referring to Zoes Puma? Who are working hard from SADTU? Can you name the two?

      irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-10-05 17:47

      @Grootrot ~ ROTFLMAO! Brilliant name for the uneducated, raping polygamist.

      wesley.nel.5 - 2012-10-05 19:14

      If the anc could only give them books. Because Zoes can't read he don't think books are needed to learn

      alf.pop - 2012-10-06 09:01

      Now Zipper is telling us how hard teachers work! Earlier in the year he warned them to be at work on time and sober! Books don't form part of the equation, as neither he nor auntie Angie would know what to do with them!

  • Willie - 2012-10-05 16:52

    "...Our teachers work hard day in and out, sometimes under difficult conditions..." wHAT ARE YOU DOING ABOUT THIS CONDITIONS

  • zoe.mandlana - 2012-10-05 16:53

    We are being noticed indeed Mr President, after a 20yrs service we get a bonus lump sum of R7500 and certificate but within a 5yrs of President service you got a bonus of R238-million to upgrade your homestead. Wow! that's great.

      yolandi.reichert - 2012-10-05 19:45

      I am sorry. Good teachers should earn good salaries! They hold the future of our kids in their hands! I would not be where I am today without the education given to me by my teachers! I salute you!

      kseyffert - 2012-10-28 21:49

      Yolandi, this is simply not possible. You see, the teachers have a union and the union will protect them by making sure that they all earn the same salary. The poorest quality teacher will get the same salary as the best so really, there is no motivation to deliver a superior performance except a real desire to educate, to teach Children. Sadly, way too many teachers are just in it for the job. As long as they get their salaries, they don't care a fig. Not all, not even most, but still waaayyy too many.

  • sisie.indola - 2012-10-05 16:54

    Excuse me - am i in the wrong country or what? Must be the twilight zone.

  • Mandy Casey - 2012-10-05 16:58

    Teachers should all go on strike now, demand R26000

  • J.Stephen.Whiteley - 2012-10-05 17:10

    I hope 80% of the teachers hung their heads in shame as they are not entitled to any praise. - Kathy

      infijar.ken - 2012-10-05 21:58

      20% are, and this is the best that can be proposed to them. Keep taking out those loans to keep your schools running, don;t worry, we the Goverment think you are making us look good. Support, oh, you want support as well. Wait until the new Government is in power, we may have something for you then. Don't hold your breath mind!

  • kim.buren - 2012-10-05 17:20

    Is there a hidden agenda Zuma? Do you want the teachers to strike now too?

      christelle.james.7 - 2012-10-05 17:38

      There is certainly a hidden agenda Kim, it is to divert the attention away from the f-up his party created in the education system in Limpopo and Eastern Cape -

      boltonbarry - 2012-10-05 18:07

      Kim there is always a hidden agenda with this lot

      chrisjanbotha - 2012-10-06 09:39

      Eish people there is no agenda - ANC just muck up as a matter of routine...

  • willie.dique - 2012-10-05 17:31

    Old trick to get the teachers to vote for you.

  • bill.vanzyl - 2012-10-05 17:32

    All Hail the Teachers! They do wonderful work under the worst of conditions. Damn the politicians who use every excuse in the book to sidestep the delivery of services and schoolbooks to the schools. The guilty and incompetent go unpunished as they ignore court orders and simply do not do the work that they are supposed to do, and for which they receive enormous salaries. We would rather spend R200 000 000 upgrading a private residence for an elected official than deliver the school books that our children cry out for, that our teachers desperately need and that our Constitution is said to guarantee. The arrogance of our President is beyond the pale.

  • clive.kihn - 2012-10-05 17:34

    He is, of course, talking about a minotity of teachers - isn't he?

  • irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-10-05 17:45

    Jacob Zoooomer obviously needs some of what the teacher's are dishing out because his lack of education and logic becomes more evident by the day.

  • Tim Elliott - 2012-10-05 17:54

    Well done ANC and have both contrived to destroy Education standards in SA in spectacular fashion!How hollow and insulting for Zuma to spew forth this Crap!

  • zmbenyana - 2012-10-05 17:55

    Wishing all the teachers in SA the best as they celebrate WORLD TEACHERS DAY! very little to celebrate though.

  • siphom.mnguni - 2012-10-05 17:59

    Thank you to the teachers for striking at the beginning of the year. Thank to those teachers who impregnate the school-girls. Lastly, thank to those teachers who come to schools drunk and drink with schools kids, yours truly, Professor J.G. Zuma, professor of education from the University of China. P.s. Don't forget to vote wisely. Vote for me.2014 here we come. Sign off!

      matshane.seleko - 2012-10-05 18:52

      Please don't paint all teachers with the same brush.It's only a fraction of them that are giving this mother all proffessions a bad name.Perhaps you angry with JZ,but please don't rubbish teachers because he praises them.

  • mo.haarhoff - 2012-10-05 19:15

    Can just picture the man putting a tick next to SADTU after that little effort. Thinks he's got their vote now, obviously.

  • edgar.mooi - 2012-10-05 19:17

    I wander wen will we say great to some of good words 4rm our president , bt no wondering there is opponent an we play with them they are not enemies bt they hv different goal to us. Us is the ruling party bcs we a majority in ds house, good lucky teachers we hv kids that without u they will be like julias hu even wen he talk sense others say he is uneducated he is lost minded so thanks teachers once mo.

  • yolandi.reichert - 2012-10-05 19:39

    I would like to thank the teachers I had! You never went on strike, were always ready to help and always showed up for work! Thank you for giving me an education

      tw2066 - 2012-10-05 19:57

      What?????? Your teachers wekked????? Didnt belong to a You neon????? Knew the subject mattta??? No wonder the ANC changed things???

      yolandi.reichert - 2012-10-06 08:44

      I had amasing teachers!! They were dedicated!!

      chrisjanbotha - 2012-10-06 09:42

      Yes and they also give us a hiding when needed and sometimes when not needed also. They instilled discipline!!! No such a thing nowadays....tragic!

  • cindy.wrathex.ruthven - 2012-10-05 19:47

    Yes, everything is such an effort hey Mr President, everyone who fails the country is always working under tremendous pressure and difficult circumstances, they are not just ordinary workers who get paid to a job like everyone else in the country. They are special and you are special, and special mention must be made of how special their trying circumstances are so that your special excuses for failing to lead and educate this country will not get special attention.

      philip.harris.967 - 2012-10-05 19:52

      Good to see you are well Cindy.

  • tw2066 - 2012-10-05 19:55

    Are Sole Zoomer

  • nhlanhla.mahlangu.7393 - 2012-10-05 20:00

    wel done teachers, 1 out of 3 kids fails or passes mathematics wit a 30% in gvmnt skuls and lastly tanx 2 ol dose who went on strike in 2007 n prevented us 4rm writin june xams. eish wat abt northern cape/limpopo???

  • john.bhekimuzi - 2012-10-05 20:21

    Why the hell was my comment deleted is news 24 working for ANC?

  • njabulo.jama.5 - 2012-10-05 20:21

    I c Zuma tryna garner votes from SADTU ahead of Mangaung...ei ei ei Politics

  • peter.mansfield.395 - 2012-10-05 21:35

    What is this man smoking?

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-10-06 09:39

    Yes Jacob, it must be especially hard teaching children under a tree while the wind is blowing. Maybe once your luxurious dwelling, that they helped pay for, is complete you could invite them over for a braai. So much better that the usual KFC don' you think?.

  • makavelithedonkilluminati.shakur - 2012-10-06 12:12

    Zuma would do or say anything just to get re-elected and finish his plans for looting the country's money

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