PRESS RELEASE: UDM statement - teaching is an essential service
It is encouraging to hear that the ruling party at last considers teaching an essential service. The South African Democratic Teachers Union's point of view is to be expected; what else would they say? Their track record shows where their commitment lies - and it's not with our learners.
The United Democratic Movement (UDM) understands that the challenges facing our education system are many, but the stakeholders must come to the table and fix this broken wheel. The conditions, under which our teachers and learners must work, have not discernibly changed for the better over the past ten years - in fact, some might argue it has been on a continuous downslide.
Government should pay our teachers better; for they are entrusted with the future workers and leaders of South Africa. Government must do more to build, expand and maintain infrastructure. Communities should value the role good teachers play in our society; they are professionals who deserve our respect. Learners must appreciate their opportunities and show a willingness to learn.
In turn, teachers should be serious about this calling to educate our young. We therefore agree that teaching is an essential service. It is as important as saving lives and protecting people. In fact, all these professionals (who work in the fields currently considered essential services) would not be able to do their jobs if they had not passed through the hands of good teachers.
The UDM calls on Government, our communities, teachers and schoolchildren to unite in a spirit of excellence and show a determination to make every school part of the foundation of a world-class nation.
STATEMENT ISSUED BY MR BONGANI MSOMI, UDM SECRETARY GENERAL
Mr Bongani Msomi
UDM Secretary General
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