We have had great achievements in youth sports regionally, continentally and globally as a result of teachers' efforts as they are mainly the coaches who have so much passion for grass-roots development. It's so odd that the government officials together with the state president who always want to be associated with the success from our sports heroes are the ones who do not want teachers to be paid overtime.
When Baboloki Thebe and Karabo Sibanda brought silver medals from Youth Games in China, the state president invited them for lunch and felt he was motivating the boys! If teachers decide to boycott sports, who will coach and motivate these youngsters? If at all there is no money why doesn't the president sit around the table with unions and map the way forward?
Form 3 results are out and people are in panick mode thinking of reasons to advance at accounting sessions but no one knows BEC's grading system because gatwe phithela kgomo ya serotswana! Imagine if a colleague from a neighbouring country was to ask us about our pass rates and our grading system and we say we know nothing! Imagine a villager who asks you if you can't have any student who scores 80 and you tell him/her you know nothing about BEC's grading!
Our president can question the Pass Rate but he never wants to hear teachers’ side of the story.
We need a leader who knows that in a country there are many people performing different functions and that each section of the society is important. We need a leader who appreciates other people's roles and is there to help them achieve their objectives wherever possible. We need a visionary leader who wants only the best for his/her people, not someone who only wants himself and his cronies to be the only ones being praised. WE DON'T NEED FATHER CHRISTMAS!