Mr Basil Manuel, President of the National Professional Teachers’ Organisation of South Africa (NAPTOSA), commenting on the results of the 2014 National Senior Certificate (NSC) commended the Department of Basic Education (DBE) for accomplishing a “successful” first CAPS-NSC examination. NAPTOSA welcomes the timeous release of the results. The decrease in the overall pass rate from 78.2% to 75.8% in 2014, whilst disconcerting, does demonstrate the integrity of the system in responding to the changing demands of the CAPS curriculum, said Mr Basil Manuel, President of the National Professional Teachers’ Organisation of South Africa
The real focus should be on the quality of passes. NAPTOSA is therefore especially concerned by the sharp decline in the overall quality of passes, particularly the decline in Bachelors passes to 28.3 % in 2014 from 30.6%. This suggests a decrease in the number of learners who qualify for entry into Higher Education Institutions, said Mr Manuel.
NAPTOSA, however, acknowledges that in its pursuit for greater quality the DBE has changed the content of certain subjects, especially Mathematics, the cognitive pitch of others, like Mathematical Literacy and others which also impacted on the overall results, said Mr Manuel
That only approximately 42,5 % (532 553) of the cohort of the 1.252 071 million learners who enrolled in Grade 1 in 2003 sat for the 2014 NSC examination is distressing, said Mr Manuel. “In 2013 there were 797 304 Grade11 learners. Where have the 264 751(33.2%) learners gone? NAPTOSA acknowledges the various reasons provided for the 50% plus dropout of learners from Grade 1 to Grade 12, but does not accept it. We are doing the children of South Africa a great injustice, said Mr Manuel.
NAPTOSA acknowledges the progress the DBE has made in respect of learners with special education needs, however, the DBE should embark on a campaign to encourage greater differentiation which will cater for Inclusive education learners and learners in Special Needs Schools, said Mr Manuel.
Mr Manuel said that NAPTOSA is troubled by the Umalusi report on the number of irregularities present in Kwa-Zulu Natal and Eastern Cape schools, especially that of “cheating schools”. Whilst not condoning the actions of individuals involved, NAPTOSA is of the view that “undue pressure for schools to perform”, “promises of labs/ computers etc” from MECs w.r.t 100% pass rate has added to the kind of fraudulent activities reported. NAPTOSA wants to see the “full might of the law” brought to bear on the individuals who compromised the future of children’s education and brought the 2014 NSC examination into disrepute. Mr Manuel stated that while the issue of irregularities is disturbing, it is imperative that NAPTOSA commends both markers for their vigilance and Umalusi for upholding its integrity by being transparent on the issue.
NAPTOSA is of the view that an impact analysis needs to be done in order to establish whether the DBE interventions across the grades are indeed making a difference in learner performance. Examination Directorates in the national and provincial departments (as well as the Umalusi officials) need to be commended for their management of the National Senior Certificate examination. Provincial Departments, in particular, need to be congratulated on an examination that was generally incident free, said Mr Manuel. Noting that the NSC is in its sixth year, he said, the management of the examination process is indicative of a maturing system.
Most importantly NAPTOSA wishes to commend the dedicated teachers (from Grade R to Grade 12) who have made an enormous contribution to the successes that we are celebrating today. The 2014 NSC diagnostic analysis should inform how and where teachers need to be further empowered through effective professional development strategies designed to meet their individual needs.
NAPTOSA congratulates all of the successful candidates of the Class of 2014! You have done your parents, teachers and your schools proud, said Mr Manuel.
Finally, although the focus is on those candidates who have been successful in the 2014 examination NAPTOSA wishes to encourage those candidates who were unsuccessful. Mr Manuel said that NAPTOSA urges those candidates to either return to school to complete their education or explore other options of further study that are available.
Wrap up of NAPTOSA’s 2014 Professional Development Activities.
The December holidays are now only a few weeks away and the NAPTOSA professional development activities in all Provinces are now complete for this year.
2014 has been extremely busy for NAPTOSA development initiatives countrywide. Our development programmes included the ETDP-SETA funded bursary programme as well as our traditional termly professional development courses and classes, and of course the many conferences held in all Provinces.
These programmes have provided our members with professional development opportunities which offered quality programmes at either very affordable, highly subsidised rates, or in the case of Professional Development Institute funded activities, no cost to the member at all.
To give you an idea of the variety and scope of NAPTOSA programmes each Province was asked to submit an overview of their activities and as they become available we will include them in this province by province report.
25 November – 10 December - Act Now to Prevent and Eradicate Gender-based Violence in Schools
The 16 Days of Activism is a global Campaign that advocates for action against gender-based violence. This Campaign has been running for 23 years. Since 1991, the Centre for Women’s Global Leadership has been the global coordinator of the 16 Days Campaign. The International theme for 2014 is “From peace in the home to peace in the world: let’s challenge Militarism and end Gender-Based Violence”.
The three main priorities of the Campaign this year are:
- Violence perpetrated by organs of state. ( e.g. aggressive action by police)
- Proliferation of small arms. (often used in home based violence by intimate partners)
- Sexual violence during and after conflict. ( e.g. kidnapping of the Nigerian school girls)
The NAPTOSA Charter of Professionalism states that we, the teachers of NAPTOSA will serve and educate all learners with equal dedication, irrespective of gender, race, culture, religion, political affiliation, intellectual capacity and sexual orientation, delivering the curriculum so as to enable all learners to develop their skills, knowledge, values and attitudes in a changing environment. Therefore, we urge all NAPTOSA members to dedicate the last (16) days of the school year to some form of activism against School-related Gender-based Violence (SRGBV).
The 4th Biennial NAPTOSA Congress was held from 30 October to 1 November 2014 in Benoni. The theme of the Congress was, “Racing to the Top: The Challenges of Quality and Equity in Education.”
Mr Basil Manuel (President), Mrs Anthea Cereseto (Deputy President) and Mr Nkosiphendule Ntantala (Vice-President) were all re-elected to their positions for another term of office.
The 4th Biennial National Congress of National Professional Teachers’ Organisation of South Africa (NAPTOSA)
The National Professional Teachers’ Organisation of South Africa (NAPTOSA) will be holding its 4th National Congress from 30 October to 1 November 2014 at Kopanong Conference Centre in Benoni.
The theme for congress this year is “Racing to the Top: The challenges of Quality and Equity in Education. More than 270 delegates from all nine provinces and guests from government, business and international education union expected to attend the Congress. The NAPTOSA national congress is the highest decision-making body of the Union and meets biennially. Congress is comprised of National office bearers, Provincial office bearers, Provincial Chairpersons and delegates from all nine provinces representing NAPTOSA members.
The Congress will deliberate on constitutional changes, provincial motions and adopt policies by means of resolutions to further the objectives of the Union. The Congress will assess its progress in implementing resolutions taken at Congress 2012.