DEPARTMENT of education deputy district director Madoda Ndembe has emphasised the importance of unity among staff members in order to achieve the desired education outcomes at Ntabelanga Primary School.
Ndembe was addressing the school’s teachers, who were forced to work together after the merger of Nozipho and Ntabelanga primary schools – a situation which had provoked tensions among teachers last year.
His follow-up visit to the school was to assess if staff members had managed to set aside their differences.
Ndembe said a number of schools had been merged in the district but there had been no other reported incidents of teachers in conflict.
“Staff tension in schools has a negative impact on the education system, it derails a school’s functionality when teachers get involved in unnecessary squabbles.”
This kind of behaviour led to weakened performance by teachers.
“The whole system is affected, it goes as far as affecting pupils because they can detect when there is no unity among their teachers.
“As professionals, we can not afford to compromise the code of conduct of an institution. Teachers know what is expected of them and must rise above such things.”
About 64 schools needed to be merged in the Chris Hani district.
“We have a new school called WR Sondlo Primary, a product of Ezibeleni and Lukhanji primary schools. In Ilinge, there are eight schools that need to be merged – two high schools are needed in the area,” Ndembe said
The most challenging problem in the merging process was getting funding for scholar transportation, which was the department of transport’s duty.
Ndembe also donated school uniforms to two pupils.
Principal Ntombekhaya Mankayi said staff members had managed to move past their differences in recent months.