The Chairperson, Mr Silas Moshoro Makgopa, members of the PEC and staff of the Union trust that you had a peaceful and invigorating rest over the past three weeks. We wish you a fulfilling and satisfying period of working with the youth of our country over this next term. NAPTOSA loves you and appreciates your undying love for the South African child.

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The Chairperson, Mr Silas Moshoro Makgopa, members of the PEC and staff of the Union trust that you had a peaceful and invigorating rest over the past three weeks.  We wish you a fulfilling and satisfying period of working with the youth of our country over this next term. NAPTOSA loves you and appreciates your undying love for the South African child

 

News from the PSCBC (decided at the AGM)

Agreement on a Levy increase: The levy will be increased (the first in 10 years!).  This is payable by all Public Service employees (including educators):

Ø An increase of 0,50c per employee (paid by each employee), plus 0,50c (per employee) paid by the Employer. (There was no indication of the implementation date, but it could be with effect from 1 April 2013);

Ø An annual increase of the levy by the CPI  (%) as announced by National Treasury, with effect from 1 April 2014;

Ø The levy is to be reviewed every five years.

The levy, which is used to fund the Public Service Bargaining Council (PSCBC), is currently 50c per employee.  The PSCBC is the forum where salary increases and general conditions of service (e.g. medical subsidies, housing, family responsibility leave, etc) are negotiated.

 

Agreement on Agency Fee: The Agency Fee is payable by all non-unionised Public Service employees, including educators (i.e. employees who do not belong to a union). The agency fee payable will be increased by 5,6% from R 70,27 per month to R 74,49 per month with effect from 1 July 2013.  Health Warning!  If you see a deduction on your salary slip for an amount of R74,49 (after July) or previously R 70,27, THEN you are not a paying member of any union! Contact NAPTOSA offices to have this corrected.

 

CASH AWARD: LONG SERVICE RECOGNITION

 

The cash awards for long service (20, 30 & 40 years) are revised annually according to the annual average CPI of the preceding year. The cash awards payable with effect from 1 April 2013 have been increased by 5.6%.   Refer to the table below.  Remember these revised bonuses were introduced as part of PSCBC Resolution 1 of 2012.

 

Effective date

Continuous years service

Previous amount

Revised amount

1 April 2013

20 years

R 7 500

R 7 920

1 April 2013

30 years

R 15 000

R 15 840

1 April 2013

40 years

R 20 000

R 21 120

HOD Free State Department of Education v Welkom High School and others

 

This matter revolved around the Head of Department of the Free State Education Department ordering the principals of two schools to ignore policies drawn up by their Governing Bodies.  The policies referred to pregnancy of learners.  The case was heard in the High Court, the Supreme Court of Appeal and Finally the Constitutional Court.  In each case the Education Department having lost the case appealed to the next highest court.  NAPTOSA welcomes the ruling of the Constitutional Court in the case of the Department of Education (FS) vs Welkom and Harmony High Schools.

 

The Constitutional Court was required to rule on two issues:

“On the one hand this case requires us to answer the question of whether the Head of a Provincial Department of Education has the power lawfully to instruct the principal of a public school to ignore a policy promulgated by the school’s governing body when he or she (the Head of Department) is of the opinion that that policy is unconstitutional. On the other hand it deals with rights that must be observed when formulating and implementing pregnancy policies for learners, and the manner in which those rights are protected.”

 

The media have not reported the outcome well and have tended to focus on the pregnancy policies of the schools in question while ignoring a crucial aspect of the ruling which relates to the action of the HOD of the Free State Education Department.

 

The rulings were:

ü The appeal (by the Free State Department of Education) is dismissed – the Department’s actions were unlawful; and

ü The schools are to review their pregnancy policies by 10 October 2013.

 

Solving literacy challenges in Africa

The 2013 READING ASSOCIATION OF SOUTH AFRICA (RASA) conference is from 25-27 October 2013 at Pridwin Preparatory School in Johannesburg. The theme of the conference is "Uniting to solve literacy challenges in Africa". Teachers wanting to present papers may submit abstracts until 31 July. The deadline for registration for the conference is towards the end of September. For more information, visit the conference website www.rasagauteng.co.za.