Marizka Coetzer
Journalist
3 minute read
28 Aug 2021
3:00 am

Union wants more support for teachers during Covid

Marizka Coetzer

'The demand that is created by the pandemic pushed teaching beyond content and pedagogy,' Maluleke says.

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There has not been enough support for teachers battling through the challenges of the Covid pandemic while trying to teach the future generation. South African Democratic Teachers’ Union general secretary Mugwena Maluleke says the pandemic has aggravated their workload because during rotational timetabling it meant planning to repeat a lesson twice or thrice just to ensure pupils benefited. “The demand that is created by the pandemic pushed teaching beyond content and pedagogy,” Maluleke said. He said it demanded that teachers address the mental health of pupils and themselves. “The teachers have to promote social and emotional wellbeing, and a relaxed...