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The church’s pastoral role concerning challenges faced by teachers in South-African public schools: Some practical theological perspectives

M E Baloyi
In die Skriflig/In Luce Verbi | Vol 50, No 1 | a2107 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ids.v50i1.2107 | © 2016 M E Baloyi | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 24 February 2016 | Published: 30 August 2016

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M E Baloyi, Department of Philosophy, Practical and Systematic Theology, University of South Africa, South Africa


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Abstract

Teaching used to be a well-respected profession, which many people used to love in the past.Many children, when asked what they wanted to be when growing up, indicated that theywanted to be teachers. This is why – even when children were play-acting – most of them likedto play the role of a teacher. It is disturbing to learn that this profession has grown to be hated bymany people today. This is evidenced by the mass resignations of teachers from many publicschools over the past few years in South Africa. This exodus had been researched by differentscholars from different disciplines who have also made their recommendations as to how thesituation can be reversed. The fact that teachers, who are disappointed and demotivated tocontinue with the career, are the creation of God and are teaching the creation of God, calls forthe church through its pastoral theological services to play its role in trying to compose guidelinesfor the elimination of the problem. The purpose of this article is to search for possible ways inwhich the church can theologically play its role in addressing the problem of the teachers’dissatisfaction as well as giving some guidelines on how this challenge can be eliminated.

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