Pretoria – The Foundation for Education and Social Justice Africa (FESJA) has called on South African teachers to prioritise learning and teaching by putting the interests of learners above their own.
On Saturday, the foundation said it was concerned about the poor quality of learning and teaching, particularly in townships and rural schools.
“This is sparked by the recent reports by experts where it was demonstrated that our learners in the intermediate phase can not read for meaning,” said Hendrick Makaneta, Education activist and deputy chairperson of FESJA.
The foundation also called on parents and guardians to take a keen interest in the education of their own children.
“Education on its own is a triangle that requires collaboration amongst learners, teachers, and parents,” said Makaneta.
“Without the much-needed parental involvement, teachers may struggle to produce better outcomes, especially those who teach in overcrowded classrooms.
“The foundation is of the view that a revised national strategy is required to improve learning and teaching in the country.”
Makaneta said “there is no doubt” that basic education minister Angie Motshekga has a strong team of managers with the required skills to create a conducive environment for learning and teaching with a view to turnaround improvement.
“The plans that have been put in place require constant revision as the world is fast changing on a daily basis,” said Makaneta.
“What is lacking, however, is the ability of the teachers to move with the necessary speed to teach in better ways than before.
“The foundation is not surprised that learners in private schools continue to excel even in the post-school education sector.
“It is not enough for school managers to wait until authorities deliver education equipment that is in line with modern technology.”
Makaneta said school managers should be proactive by partnering with relevant companies for the general wellbeing and progress of learners.
He said the foundation would seek a meeting with the national Department of Basic Education to present a detailed national strategy with a view to improving the quality of learning and teaching.