Journalist Carol Paton highlighted several problems within the country's education system in a recent article.
According to Paton, the legacy of Bantu Education, teachers’ resistance to training and the power of the South African Democratic Teachers Union (Sadtu) all create major challenges for the education system.
Sadtu spokesperson Nomusa Cembi on Friday said the union has done a great deal towards improving teacher training.
Listen to the full conversation from The Redi Tlhabi Show:
We felt deeply offended to claims that teachers are resistant to training.— Nomusa Cembi, SADTU Media Officer
As Sadtu, we have gone as far as opening a professional institute to train our teachers.— Nomusa Cembi, SADTU Media Officer
What if it were your child who has to sit with a teacher who doesn't understand the curriculum themself? Is it fair on that child?— Carol Paton, Business Day journalist
@RediTlhabi Training does not equate competence. The internalisation of knowledge and skill depends on personal and organisational readines— Rubin Adams (@RubinAdams) January 22, 2016
SADTU is the biggest hindrance to the education of children. Till they cut to size teachers do what they want and kids suffer @RediTlhabi— Lawrence Dube (@DubeLawrence) January 22, 2016
@RediTlhabi If Teachers don't want to be tested bt want high salary increases can they at least conform to some performance management.— LadyOralicious (@OrahMelenda) January 22, 2016