Teachers call for enabling environment for mindset change

Tobokani Rari. PIC MORERI SEJAKGOMO
Tobokani Rari. PIC MORERI SEJAKGOMO

Teachers have called for the creation of an enabling environment for mindset change in the teaching fraternity.

Secretary-general of Botswana Sectors of Educators Trade Union (BOSETU) Tobokani Rari said while acknowledging that this year’s theme calls upon teachers to lead in this transformative process of mindset change, they called upon government to create an enabling environment for mindset change in schools. This year’s event theme was; Addressing this year’s Teachers Day theme, 'Rethinking Education with the Discourse of National Mindset Change Doctrine: The Progressive Teacher and Learner at the Forefront'. He said in their view of this concept of mindset change, teachers’ working conditions need to be improved to motivate them to lead this process.

“There ought to be a turnaround as well in the way the powers that be view teachers and the teaching profession,” Rari said. “Teachers shouldn't be seen as too many for their conditions to be improved, they should not be seen to be too many to be extended the same benefits that are enjoyed by other cadres, they should be viewed to deserve better remuneration, they should be seen to deserve better working space. "This is to mention, but few of those that the powers that be should change their thinking on, to facilitate mindset change in teachers and how the public should view the teaching profession.” He also said that this year’s Teachers Day is celebrated amidst challenges besieging teachers and the teaching profession, such as deliberate and perpetual refusal by government to extend the benefits and conditions of service enjoyed by the other cadres in the public service to teachers.

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