Teachers must make public proud - Cosatu

2011-10-10 21:31

Johannesburg - Teachers must overcome challenges at schools to provide a service worthy of citizens' pride, Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu) president Sidumo Dlamini said on Monday.

"We are saying a [Cosatu] member who is a public servant must do everything to make our people proud," he said in a speech prepared for delivery at a Limpopo SA Democratic Teachers' Union conference.

"This will go a long way to reclaim our credibility and win the sympathy of the public in other campaigns."

He said teachers were faced with a lack of resources and system inadequacies every day, but should not use this as an excuse.

"This must not be used to explain why people dodge work or sleep at work... or come late to work or instruct people to go back to their homes when they are already in a queue.

Black schools were particular cause for concern as the legacy of apartheid remained in the lack of libraries and laboratories, he said.

Cosatu hoped to launch an alliance-led education campaign in Limpopo soon, focusing on school functionality and training programmes.

"We must confront the fact that achieving decent work will come with achieving quality education training programmes for the children of the working class."

Dlamini said unions should work together to improve the attitude and ethos of their members in the public service.

A specific focus would be the 55% of teachers who would leave the profession if they had an opportunity to do so.

  • leonard - 2011-10-11 04:50

    At least someone in authority is admitting that there is a problem.However,STOP using apartheid as an excuse for incompetence and sheer laziness.The 50% plus of retards who call themselves teachers give the rest a very bad name.When I was at school,we never had all the fancy equipment etc.but we did have good teachers and hey presto,we came out,well educated with a good grounding for life.Amazing how things have gone backwards under the ANC.

  • letsee - 2011-10-11 08:40

    First they have to be proud of themselves. What can be done bout it?

  • OBZERVER - 2011-10-11 09:15

    OK Fine Let me tell you something about being a teacher. I have a Degree and yet there are people in offices waiting for a phone to ring that get more money than I do. I am 15 years away from my next promotion because I need 'Experience' to be promoted. When I get promoted I will be getting about R2000 more than now. I am sitting in a class designed for 25 learners with 45 learners in front of me. And the Department of education is still telling us that the school have room for more. I have no way to discipline the 45 learners because it always comes down to: Assault, discrimination or negligence. I have 4 meetings this week where the department will be telling me that all the paperwork I've been doing the last 10 months is redundant and needs to chance into a new form, which may or may not be used next year. I have the opportunity to spend about 10% of my day teaching. The rest is paperwork and meetings. Its hard to feel proud when I know I get blamed for everything the parent messes up. There you go... Sit and have a nice cup of coffee and discuss this with your co-workers. If I leave my class for a toilet break I can be criminally charged.

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