Teachers ….. or not
I have been appointed as the Accountant of a number of farm school in the past couple of years. It is interesting to look at their income and expenditure. Where the money goes to. I think it’s a shame how the money we pay towards education (through tax) doesn’t get allocated like it should.
That’s not what this is about though.
I spoke to one of the principals about their transport costs and how high it is in comparison to their other expenses. Of course I understand why but still, we sat down and discussed it some.
The MEC of education holds many a meeting, that these
short-staffed headmasters have to attend. They discuss finances mostly and how to reduce expenses, when these schools hardly have any to spend.
That’s not what this is about either.
This is about one of her teachers. Her Grade 6 class (same age as Quintus) will be writing “outside” exams, as she calls it. So she went to their class to follow up on their progress and realized that only one of the two teachers has come to school lately! They both teach Grade 6. One teaches 5 subjects and the other 4.
When she contacted the teacher, he said that he was off sick. (He didn’t let her know at all) She contacted him again and he said that he was still sick. This more than a week later. After another week, he told her that he couldn’t come to school because she is the cause of his stress and he now has depression.
He went and complained to higher ranked officials and she was reprimanded because she doesn’t “support” him enough!!! He has HIV and she should be more supportive of his needs.
Uhmmmm okay….. what about the kids that need to study. THEY need to be supported!
If he was physically ill from the HIV, then probably more understandable. But he is now depressed? And he doesn’t need a letter from a doctor, he can just stay away. And she needs to support him.
Now, she is teaching the kids on Saturdays and Sundays, so that they are ready for their exams.
URGH….weird country we live in.