Perks will divide teachers

WANTS ANSWERS: Naledi Pandor. Pic. Martin Rhodes. 20/01/2005. © Business Day.
WANTS ANSWERS: Naledi Pandor. Pic. Martin Rhodes. 20/01/2005. © Business Day.

The recent report about Education Minister Naledi Pandor, pictured, giving perks to maths and science teachers at our high schools will divide teachers and create problems in the education system.

The recent report about Education Minister Naledi Pandor, pictured, giving perks to maths and science teachers at our high schools will divide teachers and create problems in the education system.

The department is creating the impression that maths and science teachers are superior to other teachers. The move will also make teachers who don't teach maths and science feel they are useless. This perception will destroy the morale of teachers teaching other subjects.

It is true that public schools need to hold on to teachers who specialise in maths and science, but the government needs to do it without compromising teachers who teach other subjects.

Pupils cannot qualify for university entrance if they achieve distinctions in maths and science and do badly in other subjects. This shows that all subjects taught at schools are important for pupils and for educators.

Kedibone Sekhwela, Tembisa

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