North West

NAPTOSA NORTH WEST NF 6/2013 : EDUCATION AN ESSENTIAL SERVICE?

NAPTOSA understands and identifies with the concern expressed by various political parties and others regarding the state of education , however, NAPTOSA is of the view that declaring education an essential service will not provide the quick fix that some are hoping for. NAPTOSA will not accept the eroding of educators’ labour rights.

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EDUCATION AN ESSENTIAL SERVICE?  A  QUICK FIX SOLUTION?

 

NAPTOSA understands and identifies with the concern expressed by various political parties and others regarding the state of education , however, NAPTOSA is of the view  that declaring education an essential service will not provide the quick fix that some are hoping for. NAPTOSA will not accept the eroding of educators’ labour rights.

 

Apart from the legal issues regarding the declaring of education as an essential service there are at least three other issues that must be properly ventilated:

 

Firstly, the Education Department has, in terms of present legislation, the power at its disposal to manage strike action. They should apply the “no work no pay” principle without fear or favour, take disciplinary action against educators who participate in unprotected strikes and against educators who are found guilty of violence and intimidation.

 

Does the employer have the courage to do this?

 

Secondly, the department should ask themselves why teachers believe it is necessary to embark on strike action. The issue of salaries is only one factor. There are other factors that have led to numerous unprotected strikes. These include the state of disrepair of many school buildings, the failure to deliver LTSM on time, understaffing of some schools, to mention but a few. A school such as Paardekraal Primary in Rustenburg has 31 classrooms and 1899 learners. In some Grade 7 classes learners are 70 in a class. We still have schools that use pit toilets.

 

Is the employer totally committed, at grass roots level, to the establishment of an enabling environment in every school?

 

A third and very disquieting aspect is the tendency of citizens to resort to acts of violence and other forms of socially unacceptable behaviour when they have a grievance with an employer, a municipality or service provider.  This malaise must be addressed at a national level.

 

 

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOPS

NAPTOSA has always held the view that the teacher is the single-most important factor in achieving quality teaching and learning in schools. If we are serious about improving education in this country, now, more than ever, continued professional development is critical.

The Mc Kinsey report “How the best schools come out on top” (2007) found that internationally the performance of a school is determined first and foremost by what happens in the classroom.

NAPTOSA’s series of workshops taking place every Saturday from 8h00 -15h30 at Laerskool Rustenburg Noord in Rustenburg and Sol Plaatjie Primary in Mafikeng are designed to develop teachers professionally in order to equip them with the necessary skills required for  the delivery of quality education in the classroom. The workshops are opened to all teachers irrespective of union affiliation. Let’s educate the nation through quality teaching and learning.

 

NAPTOSA MEMBERS ARE PROMOTABLE

 

NAPTOSA congratulates Mr Theo Mamphiswane, chairperson of Madibeng Branch on his appointment as subject advisor for business studies. Members who have recently been promoted are encouraged to notify the NAPTOSA Provincial Office. The eradication of cronyism and the appointment of deserving educators to key positions within the structures of education can only improve the quality of education within the system.

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