Minister of Basic Education, Mrs Angie Motshekga, with the Deputy Minister Mr Enver Surty held the first Council of Education Ministers of the new administration after general national elections. The Department of Basic Education (DBE) presented the Basic Education Sector plan 2014 -2019, which aligned the updated sector plan to the National Development Plan (NDP), Vision 2030, as well as the Medium Term Strategic Framework (MTSF) and ministerial priorities.
The council of Education Ministers have condemned the protest action in some communities that results in disruptions to schooling. The protests had a direct impact on schools even though the issues raised were not related to education.
Common plans and priorities presented by Provincial Education Departments:
All MECs committed to working together to achieve their targets. Only quality and efficiency would underpin the work of the departments during this term.
I heard someone lament recently that we have become a people without a cause. Since the dismantling of Apartheid we are no longer galvanized by a common purpose, a common direction, a concerted effort.
The expectation was that post-Apartheid was simply going to deliver.
This rather bleak view set me thinking about the post-Apartheid vision. After twenty years of democracy, why should it be necessary for our State President to invoke the name of Mandela to get the citizenry to band together and clean our country?
NAPTOSA members and website followers can now navigate the new website with greater ease. The website is well structured, compact and looks good on any platform be it an iPad, iPhone, Tablet, Smartphone or Desktop. Favourite pages include: INsight, a picture Gallery, Labour and guidelines on how to join NAPTOSA.
The new site features enhanced navigation with fewer icons and clicks required. This has not compromised the quality of the content that members are accustomed to.
NAPTOSA‘s web content can also be accessed through the NAPTOSA Communicator which will be officially launched soon.
The President of NAPTOSA, Mr Basil Manuel, commenting on the “20 years of a Democratic Parliament” State of the Nation Address by President Jacob Zuma to Parliament on 17 June 2014, said that whilst there was little in the Address that was contentious, the Union welcomed several aspects that were highlighted, but expressed disappointment about certain omissions.
National Child Protection week (CPW) is commemorated in South Africa annually to raise awareness of the rights of children. South African children are protected by the Children’s Act of 2005. Child labour is defined as work by a child which is exploitative, hazardous or otherwise inappropriate for a person younger than 15 years, and places at risk the child’s well-being, education, physical or mental health, or spiritual, moral, emotional or social development.
Despite the best efforts of the country’s progressive child protection laws, policies and programmes preventing and addressing violence against children, many children still remain vulnerable.