Oct 21, 2021

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North West teacher fired for assaulting his superior fails in bid to retain his job — and win a R4.6m claim

A misguided teacher who beat up his supervisor and slept during a workshop failed to milk R4.6 million taxpayers.

A judgment from the Education Labor Relations Council this month in The case of former northwest teacher Sello Patrick Teffo described his strange behavior.

Teffo, who taught at the Retlakgona elementary school, was demanding reinstatement – or 15 years’ compensation. He taught at the school from 2011 until his release in March.

The incidents that led to his release are bizarre, but he blamed a “third party” for his shortcomings. The verdict contains a catalog of his shortcomings.

Teffo did not provide a complete record of the students’ progress and insight into their individual development, and did not take a prep test for 7th grade students, which led to their poor performance .

He also failed to perform his administrative duties by failing to collect fees from his students on fundraisers, and he did not meet with the students’ parents to discuss their children’s progress when they did picked up their reports.

In September 2019, Teffo attacked William Modiroa, a senior education officer who had gone to school to meet him and the school administration. At the top of the meeting’s agenda was Teffo’s poor performance and “behavior” in a program support forum.

Teffo allegedly interrupted the meeting by leaving and returning. He told Modiroa that he was insecure because “he drank water and wanted to relieve himself”.

His explanation for not meeting the parents was that “the parents don’t understand him because he was only speaks English “. .

This happened despite the fact that he listed Northern Sotho and Setswana as some of his skills when he got the job. Teffo also told Modiroa at the meeting that his music sheets were incomplete because the students had not submitted any assignments.

Modiroa told the referee, Mmamahlola Rabyanyana, during the hearing that Teffo was waiting for him after the reception area Meet and confront him, “screaming and pointing at him”.

“[Teffo] kept coming up to him and throwing a fist at him. [He] grabbed his leg and he fell to the ground. When [Teffo] was on top of him, [Teffo’s] superior came … also painted a bleak picture of his performance. Boipelo Dijoe, Head of Mathematics and Science: Intermediate and Upper Schools and Teffo’s former supervisor, testified that “his class was always loud and disruptive. She went to look and found [Teffo] nothing is being done about the situation.

“Sometimes he was out of class,” the verdict said.

Dijoe, who also witnessed the attack, said Teffo had been waiting for Modiroa “to leave the office The director comes “.

” He hit Mr. Modiroa in the face with his fist and grabbed his leg. Mr. Modiroa has fallen. He went down on Modiroa. They ran to save Mr. Modiroa, “Dijoe testified.

” The director pulled [Teffo] from Mr. Modiroa and took him out of the building. He [Teffo] kept screaming that he was going to kill Mr. Modiroa. She did not see that Mr. Modiroa defeated [Teffo]. “

Teffo said that a” third force “was” behind the learners who run on the tables “. But Dijoe denied the claim, saying, “Students would walk around the class in his presence” and that “it was his class time and responsibility to keep order and raise the children”.

The headmaster , Rateo Mokoma, echoing Dijoe’s views.

“He said [Teffo] was unprepared for class because he failed to provide weekly or fortnightly lesson plans as per his job description,” it said Verdict.

“[Teffo] had no lesson plans until April. They weren’t even on softcopy. He denied preventing learners from submitting their activities. He couldn’t do as he was accountable to the parents and the department. ”Mokoma said,“ It is a complete lie that he instructed students to walk on the tables ”.

Teffo defended himself the hearing and said Modiroa hit him. He also testified that he always provided lesson plans, but it would take the supervisor a week or two to moderate them.

“Sometimes the printer wouldn’t work, which led to delays. They edited lesson plans. The only time he was late to evaluate the learners was when he was away in meetings, exams, but still catching up on the activities, “the verdict said.

” He asked his immediate supervisor for intervention to motivate the learners to submit their work. Learners were discouraged by the school principal from not submitting, so there were spaces. He used previous exam questionnaires and gave assignments that were 80% from previous internal exam assignments and less from textbook activities. “

He admitted he had some challenges but he” would ” keep the learners in order. ”

On the workshop forum, he said that he stayed until noon and recorded everything that was said. After the break, he asked for another 20 minutes. His group spoke Tswana and since he did not speak the language, he could not “fully engage with the group”.

Pick up the money from the class leader, as he was reliable, but on the day he did not receive the money submitted.

“When he asked the student why he wasn’t sending in, he said to ask the headmaster the reason. He explained to parents why the students had failed and congratulated those who did well. There was no guideline, no circular or anything like that. It was her initiative. “

He then accused the headmaster of influencing the students not to submit their assignments.

” The reason for this was that the headmaster expelled him because of him wanted to throw school for selfish reasons. The school principal is selfish and irresponsible to sacrifice a teacher at the expense of the learner. The headmaster instructed the students to walk on the tables and he heard him instruct, ”the verdict reads. “His class wasn’t manageable, but as soon as he gave them work, they did the work.”

He also claimed that he met the students’ parents.

“Some Parents were enlightened and others were illiterate. He met those who did badly (failed). He congratulated those who did well. He communicated with the parents in English. The question of language is his constitutional right. “

But Rabyanyana was not convinced and found that Teffo had actually committed the crimes for which he was released.

” [ Teffo] is not remorse, even during arbitration, “said Rabyanyana.

” [Teffo’s] unrepentant demeanor proves that he cannot be rehabilitated. There is no other sanction that can change his behavior or prevent him from repeating the offense. The [Education Department] has successfully demonstrated, weighing the odds, that a dismissal sanction is appropriate and just for the assault charge. “

Rabyanyana stated that Teffo’s conduct” seriously “increases the trust between him and his employer.

“He not only abandoned [his employer], but also the learners, gloomy,” said Rabyanyana. “He cannot be entrusted with the supervision and training of the apprentices he was employed for.

” As I have noticed, his interest is nothing other than the salary. This becomes clearer when he demands compensation of R4.6 million, which corresponds to a 15-year salary with interest. He was not fired because he had presented Setswana / N Sotho’s credentials at the time of his employment, although in his opinion he did not speak the language, but this leaves much to be desired. “