Open letter to South Africa’s students‚ universities and government‚ represented by Minister in the .
WHILE teachers around the country celebrated World Teachers' Day yesterday, KwaZulu-Natal teachers' unions pointed out that safety and security at schools and corruption are still the major challenges haunting educators at schools.
The celebrations at various venues in the province coincided with the reopening of schools in the region.
Though teaching and learning continued at some schools, it was not business as usual since teachers were allowed to attend celebrations in their districts and circuit areas.
Most parents at most public schools chose to keep their children at home.
The South African Democratic Teachers Union celebrated at the Civic Hall in Pinetown, where more than 2000 teachers gathered.
The South African Council for Educators spoke about ethics, professionalism and good conduct for teachers.
Sadtu provincial secretary Mbuyiseni Mathonsi said in celebrating the endurance of teachers who work under "harsh and under-resourced conditions", they would also look at providing teachers with skills to overcome the challenges.
The National Teachers Union met at its Empangeni headquarters and felt there was not that much to celebrate this year. Many promises to teachers were not kept.
Natu spokesperson Allen Thompson claimed teachers were becoming more and more de-motivated because of the delay of various payments due to them by the national Department of Education.