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NAPTOSA NORTH WEST NF 17/2013 - NAPTOSA Speaks Out on Certain issues

Last week the National Executive Committee (NEC) met in Pretoria for 2 days to debate the current crises in education and to seek a way forward for our Union and its members. The information below reflects the debates and decisions of the NEC.

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What NAPTOSA says …….

 

Last week the National Executive Committee (NEC) met in Pretoria for 2 days to debate the current crises in education and to seek a way forward for our Union and its members.  The information below reflects the debates and decisions of the NEC.

 

 

Outrageous Statements made by Minister Sisulu

 

The NEC was concerned about the attempts by the Minister of the PSA, Lindiwe Sisulu to intervene in matters related to the Department of Basic Education.  This included threats about the re-introduction of school inspectors, imposing a dress code on teachers and marking tariffs.  Minister Sisulu has even attempted to meet the unions in the education sector to discuss these and other matters. NAPTOSA does not believe that this would be the correct way to proceed

NAPTOSA is not aware that Minister Sisulu has any authority in terms of current legislation to involve herself in the education sector.

The NEC therefore resolved to engage with Ms Angie Motshekga, the Minister of Basic Education regarding this perceived interference and the deepening crisis in education.

 

Regulations regarding the progression of learners in the FET phase

 

The NEC debated the provision of the recent Government Gazette No 36041 (28 December 2012), which states that a learner may only be retained once in the FET phase (Grades 10, 11 and 12) in order to prevent the learner being retained in this phase longer than 4 years.

While the intention of this regulation may be to prevent gate keeping, NAPTOSA believes that the real consequence will be that many learners, who are pushed through the FET phase after being retained once, will not be capable of successfully facing the Grade 12 final exam.

The NEC therefore decided to demand that the Minister withdraw this regulation.

 

Matric marking tariffs

 

The NEC declared its unhappiness with the Minister of Basic Education’s decision to withdraw from Collective Agreement 1 of 2011 regarding the tariffs for Matric markers.

The NEC confirmed the decision to join with other unions in the Education Labour Relations Council (ELRC) in applying to the Labour Court for an urgent interdict to set aside the action of the Minister.

 

Quality Management System (QMS)

 

The NEC noted with appreciation the work done in the ELRC to design an acceptable Quality Management System (QMS) for teachers. It is hoped that an agreement, which NAPTOSA has invested a great deal of time and energy into concluding, can be reached soon.  It is also hoped that the Minister will not be tempted to declare policy on this matter before it has served in the ELRC.

 

Occupation Specific Dispensation (OSD) for therapists

 

The NEC reiterated its concern that therapists have not yet received all the payments for OSD in terms of the Collective Agreement signed in the ELRC in 2012.

The NEC urges all PED’s to fulfil their obligations in this regard as soon as possible and asked the DBE to monitor the implementation of the agreement. We are happy that in the North West DoE, Mr Mike Keetile has indicated that therapists will receive their payments before school close on the 20th March 2013

 

 

Further Education and Training Colleges

 

NAPTOSA has long fought for the return of the lecturers in Further Education and Training Colleges to the employ of the State (from the College Councils).  While we are happy that this is finally to take place, the NEC expressed concern about the undue haste with which the Department of Higher Education and Training is determined to commence with this process by 1 April 2013.

NAPTOSA repeated its warning to the DHET that all systems and processes are not in place for the successful transfer of these lecturers and that they should suspend the transfer until these are in place.

 

 

NAPTOSA’s commitment

 

NAPTOSA remains committed to finding long term, sustainable solutions to the challenges facing education. One result of this commitment is the creation of its NAPTOSA Professional Development Institute (PDI), which also gives further expression to our proud tradition of providing for the professional development of educators.  In the few months that it has been in existence more than 6 000 educators have been trained in CAPS and another 7 000 educators have attended various programmes and activities organised by the Union and its institute.

Mrs Margot Johnson, who retired as Principal of Wendywood High at the end of 2012, has been appointed the first Director of the PDI.

 

 

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