IT IS January 15, 2013, at 9.30am when my grandma sends me to Thubelihle High School (known as Bhora Bhora) in New Brighton, Port Elizabeth, to collect my cousin’s progress report.
I get there and the teacher is not there yet and the secretary tells me to wait. As I’m sitting there, there are three pupils – from what I heard they were the matrics of 2012 – waiting to get their results.
One of their teachers, a woman, comes out of the staff room with a bubbly personality. She begins to ask each of the kids about their plans after matric. She then randomly tells them to NOT EVEN THINK about going to a FET college, specifically Port Elizabeth FET College and Midlands in Uitenhage, because those places are for "retards” and no one from those institutions ever succeed.
She continues to tell them she had done her research and those institutions take people from Grade 10, so those kids with their Grade 12 certificates will be sharing desks with those "retards”.
I couldn’t believe what I was hearing, coming from their own teacher. What exactly do those teachers tell those kids? Those kids even mentioned to her they haven’t registered yet at university as they were waiting for their results – it is already too late to go and register at any university and so an FET college might be another option, but the teacher tells them FETs are for retards!
I’m very concerned after hearing a teacher saying such poison to kids. Universities are overloaded and yet some teachers are poisoning kids’ minds about FET colleges.