A former Grade 5 teacher at Rustenburg Junior School for Girls in Cape Town says she still does not know why the school was not happy with her performance.The school’s governing body appointed 26 year-old Nozipho Mthembu in January this year. She says in September the School Governing Body and the principal advised her to resign, due to non-performance in the classroom and unhappy parents. She was the first Black class teacher to be appointed in the school’s history. The young educator says her time at the school was a trying one. She was given teaching guidelines which she followed, but was made to feel inadequate. She says she was also hospitalised during the course of the year due to anxiety: “In terms of feedback I don’t know. I am still trying to understand what exactly the issues were with my teaching. I was teaching exactly according to the curriculum. I was teaching with passion. I was teaching with enthusiasm. I was making sure that I was prepared. I made sure I had the correct work covered.” The school’s governing body says in a written statement it would like to correct the notion that Mthembu was unaware of the challenges she experienced in carrying out her core functions as a teacher. The SGB says there are records of various meetings held with her and interventions discussed. Mthembu resigned voluntarily on the 11th of September, but subsequently lodged a complaint with the CCMA.
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