MEDIA RELEASE: Destruction of valuable education assets in Limpopo (6 May 2016)
NAPTOSA has noted with concern the continued wanton destruction of valuable education assets in Limpopo NAPTOSA condemns the razing of schools in Vuwani, Limpopo in the strongest possible terms. Speaking in Pretoria on Friday, 6 May 2016, the President of NAPTOSA, Dr Anthea Cereseto, stated that “Destroying the means to education and hope for a better future for a significant number of children is one of the most abhorrent acts possible. It is deeply disturbing that such despicable behaviour is possible in this day and age”. “Violence and destruction are not solutions to problems – no matter how legitimate the cause”, said Dr Cereseto. NAPTOSA is deeply concerned about the impact on the education of the children and the wellbeing of the teachers in the affected schools. These malicious acts have resulted in the waste of state resources and great costs will be incurred to replace these schools over several years.
NAPTOSA rejects commercialisation of education in South Africa
International Workers’ day, also known as Labour Day, is commemorated by workers and trade unions around the world, in celebration of workers' rights. In protecting the rights of its members NAPTOSA has been closely watching the commercialisation of education in South Africa, under the guise of “low fee paying schools”, systemic testing and “microwaved lessons” aimed at improving the “gaps” prevalent in education. These factors are undermining effective teaching and learning in the public sector. NAPTOSA foresees that continued commercialisation of education in South Africa will ultimately undermine the professional integrity of teachers and negatively affect collective bargaining power in the public sector.
Freedom Day on 27 April is a declared South African public holiday which celebrate our freedom and commemorate the first post-apartheid election held on that day in 1994. South Africa has made significant progress towards achieving the vision of a racially integrated society. Eradicating the past is impossible, however, working for a better future for all is something that all South Africans can do. Education remains the driving force to building a prosperous nation that we can be proud of. The South African Schools Act of 1996 (SASA) scripted the ambitious policy undertaking of post-apartheid education. Education policy has, since then, been through various development-implementation-revision cycles. School access, governance, curriculum, teacher development and re-deployment have all undergone transformation. This has resulted in a number of unintended consequences and contradictions that are manifested in implementation.
IT’S HERE: 2016 SALARY INCREASE!!! The DPSA announced today in Circular No. 3 of 2016 that the Minister for Public Service and Administration has made a determination that the salaries of public servants will increase by 7,6% on 1 April 2016, in line with PSCBC Resolution 8 of 2015. The increase is made up of the projected CPI for the 2016/17 financial year (6,6%) + 1%. The Minister of Basic Education has to issue a similar determination for educators. According to the DPSA the increase will be effected programmatically through the PERSAL system. See Draft adjustment tables for 1 April 2016 .
COMBATING RACISM, RACIAL DISCRIMINATION, XENOPHOBIA AND RELATED INTOLERANCES
Human Rights Day 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 Sharpeville Massacre On Monday, 21 March 1960 police opened fire, without order, on a crowd that had gathered at the Sharpeville police station to protest pass laws, stipulations that required Africans to carry “pass” books and produce them for law enforcement officials on request; 69 unarmed people were killed and another 180 were injured.
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. Human Rights Day is a day for promoting human rights by engaging in activities that promote tolerance, equality and promotion of human rights and social cohesion in our schools and communities. South Africans are called upon to combat racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerances.
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