[LISTEN] 'I was asked to resign or face disciplinary actions'

Nozipho Mthembu‚ was employed at the Rustenburg Girls’ Junior by the school governing body as a Grade 5 teacher from January. She told the Commission for Conciliation‚ Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) she felt “powerless and inadequate” after the school made her appear incompetent.

Speaking to Africa Melane on the Weekend Breakfast, Mthembu said till today she still doesn't know what is the reason of her dismissal. What she only understand is that, the parents were complaining about her performance, but she was not given detail as to what they are complaining about.

The former teacher, who was also a former pupil at Rustenburg Girls' Junior School, had resigned after a fraught period in which her abilities were questioned.

If I knew what the parents were complaining about, I would have done something about it, instead I was told that I needed to resign or face disciplinary action. If I did face disciplinary actions, it was going to ruin my reputation, so I opted to resign. I was scared, I felt that I was put under pressure to make a decision.

Nozipho Mthembu - Former Rustenburg Girl's Junior teacher

They started to observe my lessons and the way I teach. I felt anxious for most of the day because I did not know when they would come to my classroom. One thing I did not feel was right was when I was busy with my lesson and the person observing me would take over from the lesson, that didn't made me feel undermined and i lost credibility from the kids.

Nozipho Mthembu - Former Rustenburg Girl's Junior teacher

Mthembu told Africa that she would prepare for a lesson and they would suggest that her work is not good enough.

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