MBABANE: Simanga Mamba, the Chairman of the Teaching Service Commission(TSC) has banned private Colleges from offering teaching related courses alleging that the profession was now saturated.
This comes after Government frustrated the education system by refusing to provide working equipment in schools and Universities including allowances for students in what experts say was a systematic political strategy to destroy education system and create a docile Nation that would be submissive to King Mswati and the royal family.
Mbongwa Dlamini, the President of the Swaziland National Association of Teachers (SNAT) said there was a shortage of teachers in schools and it was not true that the teaching profession was saturated.
The SNAT President shared these sentiments to this Swaziland News after Simanga Mamba, the Chairman of the Teaching Service Commission ( TSC) was quoted by the EBIS radio as having said the teaching profession was saturated and colleges should stop offering teaching related courses.
Subsequent efforts to reach the TSC Chairman for comment proved unsuccessful at the time of compiling this report.
Dlamini said government should stop shifting goal posts but should address the issue of teacher-student ratio since there was a huge number of students as compared to teachers.
"Eswatini will be the first country to ban teaching related courses, how can you ban teaching when people are being born everyday? There will be always a growing need for teachers as the population grows. Government is failing on her mandate of employing teachers in order to address the teacher- pupil ratio which has been a thorny issue even before the COVID-19 pandemic. You find a teacher attending to over 60 learners instead of attending to about 30 learners.Governmment is failing to employ teachers not that the teaching profession is saturated. We need more teachers especially in this COVID-19 pandemic , we need to do away with the rotational schedule but introduce a shift system that would make our teaching to be more effective", he said.
TSC Chairman Simanga Mamba