After working at Qhakaza for nine years, I had to leave the school. It was no longer receiving funding and had to close down. It was a sad day when I said good-bye. My experience had been a positive and fulfilling one – and was one I would not experience at another school. I left the halls of the community school and entered the buildings of the Gauteng Education Department.
My experience at the government schools were were all temporary because South African school boards at that time were not hiring permanent staff (in this way they saved on benefits). My experience at these schools were stifling and, because the high schools were so large, I did not interact with all the teachers working at the school. I was expected to follow many rules and fulfil expectations that had not been asked of me before. In addition, I was told what material to teach by the Head of the English Department. This did not sit well with me. I was used to planning my own lessons and doing group work with the children.
I worked in the South African government schools for a total of 18 months. After working at a post in a primary school, I married, had children, then became a stay-at-home mom.
© Colline Kook-Chun, 2015
(This post was written for the FMF 31 day challenge hosted by Kate Motaung. Today’s prompt: temporary)
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