Retail File: Bold and Distinguished At Any Age

Four men in education share their views on the current state of our schools.

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20s: TEBOGO MALETA, TRAINING OFFICER: CIDA ICT ACADEMY
TEBOGO WEARS a royal blue jacket with olive green lining, R2 999, G-Star Raw. Grey twisted hooded sweater, R1 599, Scotch & Soda. Red checked shirt, R380, Truworths. 
Navy blue corduroy pants, R1 199, Ben Sherman. Belt, Tebogo’s own

What qualities does one need to be a 
teacher?
A passion for working with children and influencing their lives, as well as good classroom management skills, knowledge of the subject matter and an engaging teaching style.

30s: CRAIG JANSEN, PRINCIPAL: LAKESIDE PRIMARY SCHOOL
CRAIG WEARS a check shirt, R995, cardigan, R1 195 and brown lace-ups, R1 495, all Kurt Geiger. Navy chinos, R999, Fabiani. Belt, R145, Markham

What’s your opinion of our country’s education system?
Despite high spending and many interventions by government over the past 20 years, the system remains virtually unchanged. Low-quality education is one of the largest crises facing our country, along with poverty and unemployment. Teaching as a profession isn’t respected enough in SA.

40s: MZWAKHE MASEKO, PUBLISHER: HEINEMANN, SPECIALIST IN EDUCATIONAL BOOKS
MZWAKHE WEARS a mustard knitted scarf, R1 950, Porsche Design SA. Grey blazer jacket, R4 995, white linen shirt, R895 and jeans, R1 295, all Kurt Geiger. Olive green shoes, R7 500, D’Armani

How can we apply indigenous wisdom 
and knowledge in the classroom?
We need to wrest education away from the perception that it’s a Western import. The first step is accepting that indigenous African wisdom and knowledge are in no way inferior to Western wisdom and knowledge.

 

50S: JEREMIAH MAGANO, HEAD OF BUSINESS MANAGEMENT: TSHWANE NORTH COLLEGE, MASTERS STUDENT AND NIGHT SCHOOL TEACHER
JEREMIAH WEARS a black and grey scarf, R2 490, lagerfeld @ 69 Belmont. navy blue checked blazer jacket, R8 999, tiger of sweden. White shirt with collar, R299, Woolworths

What made you go back to university after so long?
I wanted to equip myself to face the ever-changing demands in the labour market. Studying again is also superb for my self-confidence.

*To read the full version of this story go to page 48 of the May-June issue