IFP Youth Brigade condemns hiring celebrities as “teachers”

The IFP Youth Brigade (IFPYB) condemns the Department of Basic Education’s decision to hire celebrities to teach learners staying at home to read in an online schooling programme.

It is nonsensical and is a slap in the face of thousands of unemployed, trained and qualified young graduates who would benefit by using their skills and gaining meaningful experience in online teaching during this lockdown.

The Departments excuses in “clearing up confusion” on this matter is disingenuous and arrogant.

While we believe that reading is absolutely essential in empowering young learners and that every initiative taken to encourage reading is welcomed considering that numeracy rates in our country is extremely low, the Department in hiring for this online programme should have been sensitive to the daily plight and realities of unemployed and qualified teachers.

The IFP Youth Brigade in this regard, calls on the Department of Basic Education to consider the employment of teachers who are registered with the South African Council for Educators (SACE) and hold the relevant qualifications required to teach to benefit from an online school and any other programmes.

Thousands of teachers are sitting at home yearning for an opportunity or a “big-break” in being able to use their skills to teach the future generation of our country. The Department of Basic Education must act in this regard.

Mthokozisi Nxumalo MP
IFP Youth Brigade National Chairperson
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