IS TEACHING STILL A JOB FOR TEACHERS?

“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

About Gerald Charles Accom

I have been involved in teaching for the past 39 years. I have also been actively involved in local affairs, affording me the opportunity to serve a wide range of sport- and community- based organisations. I was a member of the LGNF (Local Government Negotiation Forum) just before the dawn of the new South Africa and served as a local government councillor from 1985 to 2000. I then became a member of the Executive Council of the Makana Municipality in 2000. I served as chairperson of the Local Economic Development Committee until 2005. After I took a break from local politics I enrolled as a part-time student at our local university. (Rhodes) I have successfully completed an ACE in Technology Education, a B.Ed (Hons) degree in ICT and Technology education and a M.Ed in Science Education. My main interest is developing e-lessons for teachers. I am really passionate about the potential of ICT in education and would dearly appreciate any assistance and guidance in this regard. I am currently a part-time lecturer for the B Ed ICT and B Ed Science groups in the Rhodes Education department.