The IFP joins the rest of the world in Commemorating 2020 World Teachers’ Day, which is held on 5 October every year.
On this day, the IFP commends the role played by teachers during the trying times resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic. Many teachers have lost their lives in the line of duty and we commend them for their selflessness and dedication. Even now, our teachers are hard at work ensuring that the 2020 syllabus is complete; some even working over weekends. We salute them and urge everyone to support them during this trying time.
This day must be seen as a wake-up call to the government to ensure that all challenges facing our teachers are addressed. The IFP is concerned about the lack of safety in schools. Teachers are no longer safe in schools; they are being killed and mugged by ruthless criminals on a daily basis.
Further, female teachers are vulnerable to Gender-Based Violence (GBV), in their homes and in the workplace. This is another area of concern for the IFP. The government must work hard to ensure that the scourge of GBV is eradicated.
Further, the IFP is concerned about the high number of unemployed teacher graduates. This day must be used to recruit more unemployed teachers – not only those who acquired their qualifications through government bursaries like Fundza Lushaka. All qualified teachers, including those who are sent to tertiary institutions by their families, must be employed.
Teachers are extremely important in any society for several reasons, and their role is both significant and vaulable.Teachers play a major role in the lives of children during their formative years of development and therefore the importance of teachers cannot be understated.
Our teachers don’t only provide education, they also help in moulding students into responsible citizens.
Further, solutions to the problems facing education should not only come from government or teachers. If our education system fails, everyone should take responsibility. We therefore call on all stakeholders, learners, communities, educators and government to take responsibility and play their respective roles in ensuring that we can provide quality education for the young people of South Africa.
Finally, the IFP would like to take this opportunity to wish all teachers in public and private schools, early childhood development centres and tertiary institutions a happy and fruitful commemoration of 2020 World Teachers’ Day.
Mrs Thembeni Madlopha Mthethwa, MPL
IFP KZN Provincial Spokesperson for Education
071 884 3844 / 079 114 3015