The 4th Biennial National Congress of National Professional Teachers’ Organisation of South Africa (NAPTOSA)
The National Professional Teachers’ Organisation of South Africa (NAPTOSA) will be holding its 4th National Congress from 30 October to 1 November 2014 at Kopanong Conference Centre in Benoni.
The theme for congress this year is “Racing to the Top: The challenges of Quality and Equity in Education. More than 270 delegates from all nine provinces and guests from government, business and international education union expected to attend the Congress. The NAPTOSA national congress is the highest decision-making body of the Union and meets biennially. Congress is comprised of National office bearers, Provincial office bearers, Provincial Chairpersons and delegates from all nine provinces representing NAPTOSA members.
The Congress will deliberate on constitutional changes, provincial motions and adopt policies by means of resolutions to further the objectives of the Union. The Congress will assess its progress in implementing resolutions taken at Congress 2012.
“Invest in FUTURE, Invest in the TEACHERS”
The 5th of October 2014 is the 20th anniversary of the World Teachers’ Day, an annual event initiated by UNESCO and the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and celebrated with its partners UNICEF and Educational International (EI) to honour and celebrate teachers.
Quality education for all is the foundation for sustainable economic prosperity and a just and equitable society. Quality education helps every person to achieve his or her full potential. All children deserve a teacher who is qualified, well-trained and paid according to their skills, qualifications and experience.
Students deserve these entitlements as a minimum standard to ensure quality education.
Make this World Teachers' Day to remember!
On 5 October 2014, World Teachers’ Day, Education International (EI), the international organisation supporting teacher trade unions throughout the globe, launched a new phase in its campaign to Unite for Quality Education.
The campaign aims to:
- Secure Quality Education For All;
- Ensure the achievement of the 2015 Millennium Development Goal for education; and
- Secure quality education for all as part of global action by governments worldwide beyond 2015.
To make this the most special World Teachers’ Day ever! Celebrate teaching and learning with your 30 million colleagues all over the world who deliver quality education to children, young people and adults!
Join your colleagues around the world on World Teachers’ Day and send a message to world leaders that you “support education for all, a post 2015 development goal on education, and the global campaign to get all children into school.”
NAPTOSA President Mr. Basil Manuel addressed the delegates at the Unite for Quality Education March- Saturday 20 September 2014
The African 's event. Watch the video below
The streets of Pretoria were bustling with hundreds of teachers, learners and education workers on Saturday ,20 September to celebrate the culminating event for the Unite for Quality Education Campaign. The march, led by a busload of school children, made its way from Prince's Park opposite the NAPTOSA Head Office to Ditsong National Museum for Cultural History.
TEACHER UNIONS UNITE FOR QUALITY EDUCATION
South Africa’s major education unions SADTU, NAPTOSA and SAOU are joining millions of teachers, learners, education leaders and education employees around the globe to celebrate the culmination of the Unite for Quality Education Campaign which has run for a year.
Education International (EI) – a global teacher and education employees’ union federation, with a membership of 30 million teachers world-wide is spearheading the Campaign.
GEPF pensioners or members will not loose lump sum in 2015
National Treasury, in a statement issued on 9 July 2014, dispelled the rumours that from 2015 public servants will no longer receive gratuities upon retirement from the public service.
According to the statement, certain pension reforms will be effected on 1 March 2015. These reforms, however, impact on retirement savings pertaining to provident funds. The GEPF is NOT a provident fund, but a pension fund. Members of the GEPF will therefore NOT be affected by these pension reforms. In other words nothing changes for educators as far as pensions are concerned. Gratuities will still be paid to those educators who retire and qualify for such gratuities in terms of the GEPF Rules.
National Treasury also announced that further pension reforms are envisaged, but not for at least another 2 years and only after consultation with, inter alia, trade unions. Whether such future reforms will impact on the pensions of public servants, only time will tell. NAPTOSA will monitor developments in this regard and keep members informed.