FS EDUCATION: “GOOD WORK BUT MORE NEEDS TO BE DONE”
Free State Education Spokesperson, Howard Ndaba, took a moment to celebrate World Teacher Day today by sending warm regards to teachers across the province.
Ndaba spoke of how instrumental teachers are as members of society for every professional and educated person. He adds that while there have been achievements in education in the province, much work remains to be done.
“If you look at grade 12, we still have, what we call ‘progressed learners’ to make sure that they don’t fall through the system.”
Among other challenges mentioned are shortage of teachers in “killer subjects”, being mathematics, science and accounting. He says this challenges can be addressed by training then hiring young recruits in these fields to solve this problem.
Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) secretary in the Free State, Monyatso oa Mahlatsi, said that the department of Education focuses too much on Grade 12 learners, neglecting other grades. Mahlatsi believes among the challenges faced are overcrowding of schools, which do not allow for teachers to pay proper attention to learners.
He also adds a governance issues at school level as a challenge, which he admits will need a more long term solution than other challenges faced currently in the sector. World Teacher Day is celebrated annually on the 5th of October.
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