SADTU honoured retired educators from various schools within the Modimolle area. Photo: Mzamane Ringane
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The South African Democratic Teachers Union (SADTU) in Modimolle honoured retired educators, on the occasion of the year-end function held at the local correctional services centre on Friday, 1 December.
The event also served to commemorate World AIDS Day, which is widely observed on the 1st December each year across the planet.
People from various parts of the country and as far as beyond the African continent utilise this day to show their support for people living with HIV, and to also remember those who have succumbed to the virus.
SADTU Waterberg regional gender convener, Caro Ngobeni, advised people to get tested and know their HIV status.
“HIV is a condition that can be managed if people can get tested early and receive treatment,” she said.
Speaking during the event, SADTU Modimolle chairperson Neela Ramaphakela said it was important for his union to support those who are living with HIV/AIDS because “if they are infected, we are directly affected”.
Ramaphakela took the opportunity to commend educatorts who continued to soldier on, against the backdrop of a mass exodus of educators who were part of government employees who chose to resign in 2015, in light of allegations that they would no longer be entitled to a lump sum upon retirement.
“As teachers, we must always withstand all challenges and serve our community no matter how difficult it might be. Teaching is a special calling, and that is why we are here today to honour these men and women who have dedicated their time to serve the public,” he said.
Nylstroom circuit’s assistant director of governance, Jack Rakgoale, said 2017 has been a fairly smooth year for the education fraternity across the circuit, and it was hoped that it will reflect in the matric results.
“We had more time spent in classes, than on the streets protesting, and because of this we think this is a very good year we have ever had,” he said.
Rakgoale also highlighted drug abuse and bullying as some of the challenges which needed serious attention at schools.
2 months ago 07 December 2017