Restore dignity to teaching

Yesterday's edition carried the heart-breaking story of retired teacher Ellen Leeuw who has been forced to live in poverty.

It is a story that is often told in our country because of bureaucratic inefficiency and downright laziness.

It is unforgivable that the pensioner has not received her full pension 10 years after she retired. Years and years of begging for her money have left her impoverished and shunned by the state.

The chaotic conditions that prevail in government departments mean citizens are unable to receive benefits that are rightfully theirs.

The government institutes campaigns every year with a view to improving efficiency and service delivery.

The Batho Pele projects are unveiled with much fanfare but, unfortunately, it would appear that no one in government actually monitors whether they work.

It is pointless to advertise services to the citizenry that are magnificent on paper but a disappointment in reality.

Leeuw spent her professional life training teachers for the upliftment of our communities. All she received was a bad deal. Small wonder the teaching profession is losing its appeal and is battling to attract new entrants.

Government needs to restore the dignity teaching used to enjoy.

Who, in their right minds, would want to become a teacher if teachers end up suffering after a life of dedication?