NAPTOSA members will have heard by now of the SACE Continuing Professional Teacher Development points system (CPTD). In News Flash 34/2013 we gave you a synopsis of how CPTD will be rolled out from 2014. By means of this system educators will be expected to achieve 150 Professional Development points over a 3 year cycle.

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AN UPDATE ON SACE POINT SYSTEM FOR EDUCATORS

 

NAPTOSA members will have heard by now of the SACE Continuing Professional Teacher Development points system (CPTD).   In News Flash 34/2013 we gave you a synopsis of how CPTD will be rolled out from 2014. By means of this system educators will be expected to achieve 150 Professional Development points over a 3 year cycle. 

 

BUT, and this is critical, points may not be accumulated BEFORE the start of the cycle nor may they be carried over from one cycle to another.  The cycle for:  

                                           Principals and Deputies starts:            01 January 2014

                                        Heads of Departments starts:              01 January 2015

                                        Teachers starts:                                  01 January 2016

 

So effectively, although HODS’s and teachers may be attending endorsed courses next year, the points attached to these courses will not be taken into account for SACE purposes.  In the same way endorsed courses attended by teachers during 2015 will also not count towards their required 150 points. However, whether or not points are awarded, the professional development during the interim period continues to add value so be sure to consult our website to see what is available from NAPTOSA.

 

Principals and Deputies need to ensure that they have submitted a Profile form to SACE and they should begin putting their Personal Professional Development Portfolio together and accumulating points from January 2014.  For more information on the CPTD system read the article under “What’s new?” on the NAPTOSA website.

 

ANA RESULTS

 

The Department of Basic Education is expected to release the 2013 ANA results in the near future. At the NAPTOSA Council Meeting held in October 2013, delegates expressed their concern about the entire ANA system. There has been an over emphasis on preparing learners for the ANA – districts / provinces have held ANA Fridays and ANA weeks  – schools and teachers are being instructed to focus their teaching  on the standardised test (exemplars) -  “teaching to the test.”  This practice invariably delivers false performance results and is clearly educationally unsound. 

The ANA appears to have become an end in itself. The purpose of the ANAs is to verify whether every learner in every school is developing the literacy and numeracy skills appropriate for the grade and to determine whether a learner needs extra help or not. It will be interesting to read the DBE’s interpretation of the 2013 ANA results.

 

OSD FOR THERAPISTS

 

The long hard-fought battle is finally coming to an end. NAPTOSA, through its National Office, Provincial Office and LSEN Unit has been in regular contact with departmental officials at the DBE and North West Education Department in an attempt to finalise the transfer and back-pay of therapists, counsellors and psychologists.

The provincial office has insisted that the provincial education department provides NAPTOSA with an up-to-date list of the payments that have been made.

 

At 17:29 on Friday 8 November 2013, the HR Directorate in NW sent to NAPTOSA list of therapists who, according to their records, have been paid the OSD. According to the list, only 8 therapists at Dr Kenneth Kaunda District still have to be paid. The delay, we’re informed has been caused by lack of capacity in the district. According to our information however, there are still therapists that have not received their OSD in the Bojanala District and some who have received payments but with incorrect salary translations. The Department has been given the names of all therapists with outstanding payments.

 

NAPTOSA will follow up on this matter during the coming week. Ms Louis Smit, the Head of the LSEN Unit of NAPTOSA, has also added the North West OSD delays to the agenda of the ELRC Task Team meeting of 13 November.

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