MEDIA STATEMENT ISSUED BY THE Deputy PRESIDENT OF NAPTOSA, MRS ANTHEA CERESETO, IN PRETORIA ON MONDAY, 26 MAY 2014
Mrs Anthea Cereseto, Deputy President of the National Professional Teachers’ Organisation of South Africa (NAPTOSA), said that NAPTOSA is pleased with the re-appointment of Mrs Angie Motshekga as the Minister of Basic Education and extends its congratulations to her. “It is evident that the Presidency has expressed a vote of confidence in the ability of Mrs Motshekga and her vision for education”, she added.
“NAPTOSA believes that this continuity is good for education as a whole and will assist in the attainment of the Department of Basic Education (DBE) ‘Schooling 2025’ vision for quality schooling and, more importantly, allow for stability of the education system”, said Mrs Cereseto.
NAPTOSA notes that despite some serious and urgent problems in education, there has been progress in a number of areas such as increased access to education. “The development and implementation of the Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statements (CAPS) has provided teachers with clear guidelines on the scope of content to be covered in each grade as well as a structured assessment programme”, said Mrs Cereseto.
“The establishment of the National Education Evaluation and Development Unit (NEEDU), as well as the introduction of the Annual National Assessments (ANAs) were positive developments, and have highlighted one of the most serious areas of concern, namely, the low levels of literacy and numeracy of our children”, said Mrs Cereseto. This needs to be one of the priorities of the new administration. “Other priorities should be the eradication of school infrastructure backlogs, access to water and sanitation and the provision of equitable learning resources to all children”, she added. Mrs Cereseto stated that teacher development and re-skilling should remain a key focus area of the Department.
At the end of the previous term of office education was rocked by allegations of “posts for sale” and the report of increased “Sexual Violence against Learners”. “NAPTOSA wishes to applaud the Minster on the decisive interventions that were put in place to address these issues”, said Mrs Cereseto. NAPTOSA calls on the Minister to prioritise these issues as well as general discipline matters that are hindering quality education. The safety of teachers and learners in our schools must not be compromised.
Mrs Cereseto stated that NAPTOSA wished to pledge its support to the Education Ministry in working toward improving the quality of education in South Africa.
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Mrs Anthea Cereseto: 082 610 5756 (Deputy President)
Mr H Hendricks: 082 577 9297 (Executive Director)