Bosetu Lobbies for Autonomous Council

| June 11, 2015

Botswana Sector of Educators Trade Union (BOSETU) secretary general, Mr Tobokani Rari, says his union is lobbying for autonomous teaching council that would not be abused by those in power.

Speaking during teachers’ day in Serowe, Mr Rari informed teachers of the impending teaching council that could regulate teaching.

He said though a welcome development, the teaching council should not be a monster to the teaching fraternity but rather be an autonomous body capable of discharging its duties independently and without government influence.

His expectation and that of his colleagues was that the teaching council should not exist to punish those teachers who appeared not to toe the line but should stick to its duties of looking into qualifications and licensing of teachers.

However, the outspoken unionist warned teachers whose morals were not upright that they had every reason to be worried at the looming teaching council.

Mr Rari, who is also secretary general of Botswana Federation of Public Sector Unions (BOFEPUSU), warned teachers against amorous relationships with students as reported in local media. He also warned against going to work under influence of alcohol and other drugs.

Further, he talked teachers out of their apathy towards the day and accused some of them of running their personal errands during a day in which they should be introspecting on the betterment of the teaching profession.

However, he said the apathy was without reasons. He observed that some top civil servants like permanent secretaries had wrestled the day away from the true owners being teachers.

“There’s nobody who is going to come from nowhere to define to us what teaching is,” Mr Rari told the teachers and rallied them to ‘better the teaching profession without despising it.’

Further, he conceded to challenges faced by teachers, amongst them what he termed deplorable conditions of service.

He opined that the current eight hours of work were yielding poor results for students since learners had limited time to access their teachers.

He also alleged that government was reluctant to pay overtime to those teachers willing to go an extra mile in assisting students better understand concepts they could have missed.

Again, he said teachers were also faced with a high number of students in their classes and consequently found it difficult to fulfil on their deliverables.

That, he said, made it difficult for a teacher to give attention to each student and consequently resort to a lecture method of teaching.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

Category: Governance

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