CONGRESS THEME: "RACING TO THE TOP: THE CHALLENGES OF QUALITY AND EQUITY IN EDUCATION"
NAPTOSA National Congress kicks off in a week on 30th October.
Delegates that will represent branches within the provinces have been appointed. All systems are in place for NAPTOSA’s 4th Biennial National Congress due to take place from the 30 October to 1 November 2014.
The theme for Congress is “Racing to the Top: The Challenges of Quality and Equity in Education”.
Kopanong Conference Centre in Benoni, will the venue, where NAPTOSA national delegates will meet for this important occasion. Representatives from business, government, teacher unions and Education International (EI), the mother body which represents more 30 million teachers and education workers worldwide, are expected to attend the Congress.
The NAPTOSA National Congress is the highest decision–making body of the Union, will deliberate and adopt new resolutions to take NAPTOSA to the top as the only professional home for educators and an organisation that puts the needs of child in the classroom first.
The National Congress will elect the new leadership to spearhead the aims and objectives of the organisation for the next two years. The Congress will assess its achievements and progress since implementing resolutions from the last Congress in 2012.
The Congress will focus on the following key issues:
The challenges of Quality and Equity in Education
Delegates will debate problems with quality and inequity in provision of education in South Africa. Specialists in the field will participate in panel discussions around issues of quality and equity and drafting of resolutions to improve education standards in South Africa.
An intensive look at Inclusive Education Policy
It will debated whether, it is our view that the White Paper 6 on Inclusive Education is inadequate to take the education of a learner with special needs in South Africa forward in this current state without amongst other things a proper funding model and resourcing of schools.
CAPS has brought with itself added administrative load on teachers. We believe that urgent attention to this is required, as the added workload negatively impacts on the delivery of quality education. For example the administration of the ANA weighs heavily on the teachers.
More to come shortly as we do the count down to Congress...