Teachers must know their role
The headline on September 25 screams "Critical shortage of primary school teachers". Though this is unfortunate our primary schools will continue to haemorrhage and suffer from the lack of quality teachers. Do you think this number of vacant posts is because of new positions being made?
No, it is because many teachers are leaving or resigning out of the system. The public's perception is that teaching is a pie-in-the-sky eight-to-four job, with paid holidays but what is hidden from the public is the toxic work environment and nepotism that pervade many of our school communities.
Some primary schools have poor management systems that prostrate themselves to the whining of some insignificant few who spend more time creating chaos on the school compound than teaching the nation's children. The Teaching Service Commission needs to review the way principals are appointed.
Many of these individuals are appointed based on seniority and qualification with zero experience in the capacity of management.
Our schools need a team of individuals who understand their roles and purpose, respecting each other and committed to moving the institution forward as a team. Teaching could never be for glory, nor can it be for fame but only for the sake of our children.
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