The 7th Provincial Annual Conference will be held at Rio Hotel, Casino and Convention Resort in Klerksdorp on Friday, 6 September 2013. The Theme of Conference is: “Making Basic Education Happen: Taking Responsibility”. The keynote speaker is Professor Elda de Waal from the North West University.

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PROVINCIAL CONFERENCE

The 7th Provincial Annual Conference will be held at Rio Hotel, Casino and Convention Resort in Klerksdorp on Friday, 6 September 2013. The Theme of Conference is: “Making Basic Education Happen: Taking Responsibility”. The keynote speaker is Professor Elda de Waal from the North West University.

 

ELRC BARGAINING MEETING 22 AUGUST 2013

 

At the ELRC Bargaining meeting held on 22 August 2013, the Employer reported, inter alia, on the items listed below.

 

 Incentives for Educators

The table below reflects the number of posts that Provincial Education Departments (PEDS) have indentified for teacher incentives for the 2013 / 2014 Financial Year.

 

Province

No. of Posts

EC

7 901

FS

754

GP

0

KZN

7 544

LP

0

MP

275

NW

4 212

NC

1 089

WC

1 238

Total

23 013

 

In Govt Gazette 30678 (18 Jan 2008) the Employer allocated funds (for that year) for a total of 46 726 incentivised posts. The number of incentivised posts is not fixed; however, there has been a significant drop (50%) in the number since 2008. The Employer was not able to provide any further clarity on the matter. NAPTOSA representatives will make a follow up on this issue at the PELRC, and members will be informed of the outcome of PELRC in due course.

 

EMS for Office-Based Educators

 

The EMS for office-based educators was put on hold some time ago in order to focus on the EMS for school-based educators (deputies and principals).  The Employer has now indicated their intention to resume work on the EMS for office-based educators.

 

QMS for school-based educators.

 

There is no movement in this regard. NAPTOSA reported previously that parties needed time to study the draft agreement and to consult their members and would report back at the end of September.

 

OSD PAYMENTS FOR THERAPISTS

 

The struggle for the OSD payments for therapists has been going on for many months. In March 2013, the HR of the NWDoE promised to settle the matter within a week’s time. In August 2013, the matter is still hanging. Who is to blame? The NWDoE’s vision, “Towards Excellence in Education”, is contradicted by lack of quality service and poor communication in this matter.

 

RUMOURS ABOUND ON THE 0.5% INCREASE IN THE NOTCH INTERVAL.

 

Please note that no collective agreement has been signed on increasing the notch interval from 1% to 1.5%, which also means that there is absolutely no truth in the rumour that educators will be receiving back pay from 2009 (or any other date). This matter is currently in dispute in the ELRC.

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