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2018-02-16
Newsletter 147 - QLTC - Renew your pledge


Being the beginning of 2018 I thought it fit to restate the noble qualities of “The quality learning and teaching campaign”

Extract from the Kliptown Pledges

CODE FOR QUALITY EDUCATION

As a DEPARTMENTAL OFFICIAL, I promise to:

  • ensure that all schools receive the necessary resources, on time, for teaching to commence;
  • ensure that all schools have their full staff allocation and that any vacancies are filled without delay;
  • improve my own knowledge and skills base to be more effective;
  • always be available to assist schools, principals and teachers;
  • respond to requests or concerns of education stakeholders;
  • visit all schools within the district on a regular basis;
  • monitor teacher and student attendance and ensure no child stays out of school; and
  • to assist all schools to improve their performance, ensuring that regular tests are conducted and results are reported to parents.

As a SCHOOL GOVERNOR, I promise to:

  • promote the best interests of the school and strive to ensure its development;
  • strive to ensure the provision of quality education for all learners at the school;
  • take all reasonable steps to ensure that stakeholders at the school are involved in the activities of the school;
  • take all reasonable steps to ensure that the school funds and assets are administered in accordance with good business practice;
  • support the principal, educators and other staff members of the school in performing their professional functions;
  • conduct myself in accordance with the obligation placed on me to stand in a position of trust towards the school and my fellow governors; and
  • to act in the best interest of the school at all times.

As a PRINCIPAL, I promise to:

  • promote the development of loyalty and respect for the profession by fulfilling my management and leadership roles to the best of my ability;
  • be punctual, well prepared for, and enthusiastic about my roles as professional leader;
  • strive to be a lifelong learner;
  • encourage and support my staff in their professional development endeavours;
  • actively work to eliminate unprofessional behaviour, such as inappropriate teacher-learner relationships and drunkenness;
  • ensure that all relevant circulars, documents and information are shared with relevant stakeholders as soon as possible;
  • take the required steps to ensure that the PED/District receives all the required information necessary for the timely delivery of resources for learning and teaching;
  • ensure that the PED/District receives all the necessary information to facilitate the prompt filling of vacant posts;
  • monitor teacher attendance;
  • monitor learner attendance and strive to ensure that no child stays out of school unnecessarily;
  • provide information to parents on their children's progress on a regular basis;
  • ensure that the QLTC at my school is implemented to the best of my ability, and to ensure that the significance of the campaign is understood by all role-players but particularly by parents and the local community; and
  • to support the SGB in the performance of its duties.

 As a TEACHER,in line with the SACE Code of Professional Ethics, I promise to:

  • teach, to advance the education and the development of learners as individuals;
  • respect the dignity and rights of all persons without prejudice;
  • develop loyalty to, and respect for the profession;
  • be punctual, enthusiastic, well prepared for lessons and of sober mind and body;
  • improve my own knowledge and skills base to be more effective;
  • maintain good communication between teachers and learners; among teachers themselves; and between teachers and parents;
  • provide information to parents on their children's progress on a regular basis;
  • eliminate unprofessional behaviour, such as teacher-pupilrelationships, drunkenness, the use of drugs, assault, sexual harassment and other infringements; and
  • to make myself available for extra-mural activities

 As a LEARNER, I promise to:

  • accept that the main reason for being in school is to learn and develop academically, socially and culturally;
  • adhere to school rules;
  • respect the legitimacy and authority of teachers;
  • participate in Learner Representative Councils (LRCs) to safeguard my interests;
  • show respect to other learners and not to discriminate; and
  • to avoid anti-social behaviour like theft, vandalism, assault, sexual harassment, alcohol and drug abuse, as well as other activities that disrupt the learning process.

As a PARENT, I promise to:

  • involve myself actively in the activities of the school, including school governance structures;
  • have regular discussions with my children about general school matters;
  • cultivate a healthy, open and cooperative relationship with my children's teachers;
  • create a home environment that is conducive to studying;
  • assist in the protection of educational resources such as textbooks, chairs, tables and other objects; and
  • to contribute, within mymeans, the necessary resources to the schooling of my children.

As a COMMUNITY, we promise to:

  • ensure that every school-going child is at school;
  • ensure a safe and crime-free environment for schooling and to protect the school and its assets from vandalism; and
  • to monitor the performance of schools, and report any problems to the relevant authorities.