Dr Anthea Cereseto, President of the National Professional Teachers’ Organisation of South Africa (NAPTOSA), extends well-wishes to the “Class of 2016” on the commencement of the National Senior Certificate (NSC) examination.
The 2016 NSC examinations began on Wednesday 19 October, when some candidates sat for Computer Applications Technology (CAT). The majority of the Full-Time and Part-Time candidates will officially begin their examinations on Wednesday, 26 October 2016.
Dr Cereseto said that the learners must endeavour to produce good results as the outcome of this examination will determine their life chances. NAPTOSA advises learners who are experiencing difficulty during this examination to seek assistance from the many organisations offering support.
NAPTOSA hopes the focused “intervention programmes” implemented by the Department of Basic Education, aimed at supporting learners, will come to fruition through the learners’ performance, said Dr Cereseto. It is also imperative that the contributions of the teachers over the years, and especially those in the FET Phase, be acknowledged, she added.
The 5th of October 2016 is World Teachers’ Day, an annual event initiated by UNESCO and the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and celebrated with its partners UNICEF and Education International (EI) to honour and celebrate teachers. The international theme for this year’s World Teachers’ Day is: “Valuing Teachers, Improving their Status”. This year‘s event coincides with the 50th anniversary of the adoption of the ILO/UNESCO Recommendations on the Status of Teachers.
The NAPTOSA Leadership thanks all its members who teach with dignity and professionalism for the difference they
make in the lives of the young people in their care.
The President of the National Professional Teachers’ Organisation of South Africa (NAPTOSA), Dr Anthea Cereseto, welcomed the announcement by the Minister of Higher Education and Training, Dr Blade Nzimande, that university fee increases would be capped at eight percent.
“NAPTOSA applauds the fact that the needs of the poor and the “missing middle” which comprises dependents of teachers and other civil servants are being considered”, said Dr Cereseto. As a union in the Public Sector, NAPTOSA is aware of the financial difficulties facing the majority of civil servants.
“NAPTOSA condemns violent protest and damage to property and calls on students to act responsibly”, said Dr Cereseto. “There is absolutely no justification for vandalism of the very institution one belongs to”, she added. NAPTOSA is encouraged that the Minister has given universities leeway to decide the rate of increase for 2017 and appeals to student representatives to engage with their Councils amicably. Dr Cereseto further encouraged the Minster to urgently address Government’s basic funding levels of universities.
The pencil will become blunt when used many times, it needs sharpening. School principals and teachers need Continuous Professional Development …” – Prof Auala, Faculty of Education, Namibia
This collaboration with the DBE has ensured that at NAPTOSA we were able to work towards achieving many goals as set out by the DBE in their Action Plan and NDP.
This report is a very clear indication that the programmes rolled out were very successful and welcomed by all who attended. The general consensus from rural to town communities being that these should continue as we move forward to improve teaching and learning in South Africa.
In the course of 5 months, 2992 educators were trained across the provinces. Remote and underserviced rural areas were prioritised in these 102 workshops
Workshops were located in sites that would be easily accessible to teachers, most of the workshop sites were located in schools and in instances where we could not secure a school, we resorted to using Teacher Centres and non educational institutions in order for the workshops to continue.
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The President of National Professional Teachers’ Organisation of South Africa (NAPTOSA), Dr Anthea Cereseto, commenting on media reports on all platforms into the allegation of racism at Pretoria High School for Girls and other schools, stated that schools are microcosms of society and as such reflect the challenges and discourse of the day.
Dr Cereseto stated that NAPTOSA acknowledges the existence of subtle, structural and institutionalised racism within our society, which necessitates the urgent need for greater dialogue on racism at all levels.
NAPTOSA denounces all forms of discrimination, including racism and calls on all teachers to exercise professional judgement and reminds teachers that common sense should inform their decisions and actions at all times. “NAPTOSA believes that the needs and welfare of all learners to be of paramount importance. Teachers should bear in mind that we do not teach lesson plans or intellectual challenges, rather we teach human beings”, said Dr Cereseto.