“Teaching became my calling, but unfortunately not much one learns in any training institution can adequately prepare one for teaching in a South African township school. There are days when I feel like giving up, but somehow I manage to soldier on and pray that somewhere down the line we will reach a space where I will be able to do what I have trained for. To teach…to just be who and what I had anticipated being.”
This is the preface to my publication IT IS ABOUT I which can be found at Publications on sale!
In Chapter Five I wrote, “When all the hype and jargon has dissipated, we are left with a single teacher at the coal-face in the classroom. It is at this point where the curriculum is interpreted.” BUT how does one operate in an environment where the interpretation of the curriculum is almost the last thing you manage to do during a period?
I retired from teaching at the end of 2017 and I now occupy a prime seat in the gallery of critics, marveling at how the work of a teacher has evolved over the years. It is becoming increasingly hard to teach in our township schools in particular.
In the next few weeks I am going to share my thoughts regarding a number of issues that seriously negated the progress we anticipated in our country.
Gerald Charles Accom