The President of NAPTOSA, Mr Basil Manuel, reacting to reports of xenophobic attacks on foreign nationals, which also impacted on schools, said in Pretoria today that NAPTOSA and all its members were shocked by these callous attacks. NAPTOSA condemned these attacks in the strongest possible terms as an affront on the dignity of all South Africans.
Mr Manuel stated that NAPTOSA, as a union of education professionals, is particularly concerned about the impact of these attacks on, teachers and learners. Schools, he said, have been left without the services of critical teachers who have been too afraid to report for duty. Learners have also been unsettled by the violence and some foreign nationals learners have been intimidated by their peers and have as a result missed out on schooling.
NAPTOSA calls on all teachers of worth to stand up against these dastardly acts. Mr Manuel further called on schools to protect foreign national teachers who provide a sterling service to the Country. NAPTOSA appeals to all teachers to use the power of education to fulfil their role as nation-builders and inculcate a culture of tolerance, acceptance and respect for all people irrespective of nationality, race, colour, culture or religious faith.
Mr Manuel also deplored the actions of criminals exploiting the current situation by looting property and businesses as well as the assault of foreign nationals and called for decisive law enforcement.
WAGE NEGOTIATIONS: PROTEST MARCH – 23 APRIL 2015
The COSATU unions to the PSCBC announced yesterday that they will hold a protest march to the offices of National Treasury and the DPSA on 23 April 2015 in Pretoria.
It is unclear if the protest action will be protected. At this stage NAPTOSA does not have a mandate to participate in the protest action. Members should, however, note that whether or not the protest action is protected, the employer will, in terms of the provisions of the Labour Relations Act, in any event, be able to apply the principle of “no work, no pay".
The conciliation of the wage dispute is still in progress and is scheduled to resume on 21 April 2015, whilst the period 28- 30 April 2015 has also, tentatively, been earmarked should convergence of demands and offer not be achieved in the meeting of 21 April.
Members are requested to remain patient and allow the conciliation process to run its course. It must be remembered that irrespective of the date on which an agreement is reached, the wage adjustment will be implemented retrospectively with effect from 1 April 2015 – in other words members will receive back pay. At this stage members of all the public service trade unions find themselves in the same boat.
This week, EI joined global partners to launch the World’s Largest Lesson Plan, a project which began at the request of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, who is eager to popularise the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals, to be launched in September.
The initiative is spearheaded by the UK-based Project Everyone, and led by well-known UK movie producer Richard Curtis, UNICEF, together with the Times Educational Supplement (TES Global) and EI.
This multilingual project has great potential to help our teachers educate future generations on the world’s most pressing issues, which is why I am asking you to join us in promoting the World’s Largest Lesson through your communication outreach channels. The project website, which includes a wonderful video featuring footage from EI’s “A Day in the Life” documentary, can be easily shared on social media.
Celebrating a right to live, a right to be heard and a right to learn!
Human Rights Day is a national day that is commemorated annually on 21 March to remind South Africans about the sacrifices that accompanied the struggle for the attainment of democracy in South Africa.This national day is both a stark reminder of the tragic Sharpeville massacre and a celebration of South Africa’s unique Constitution, which gives equal rights to all.
The celebration provides the country with an opportunity to reflect on progress made in the promotion and protection of human rights. South Africa is regarded as a beacon of hope on the continent, and internationally, in the promotion and protection of human rights. South Africans are called upon to celebrate living in a country that guarantees that humanity and dignity will never again be taken away from any South African, irrespective of their race, gender, creed or sexual orientation.
The National Teaching Awards is one of the ways in which the Department of Basic Education publicly acknowledges and encourages dedicated and caring teachers in their efforts to develop South African learners to become effective and functioning citizens.
The National Teaching Awards was launched by Professor Kadar Asmal, former Minister of Basic Education in 2000. This year, marks the 15th year that the Department of Basic Education have been honouring excellence in teaching. The 15th National Teaching Awards ceremony was held in Johannesburg on 7 March 2015. This prestigious event honours the efforts of dedicated teachers and focuses public attention on the positive aspects of education, thereby raising the public image of the teaching profession.
NAPTOSA is a professional teachers’ union for teachers who are passionate about teaching and place the education of the child first. NAPTOSA members support life-long learning and participate in Professional Development throughout their careers.