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?
The State as employer in a Special Council meeting of the PSCBC today (24 March 2014) announced that the cost-of -living salary adjustment, as of 1 April 2014, will be 7,2% (i.e. the projected CPI for 2014/15 which is 6,2% plus 1%). Another 0, 2% is to be added to the 7,2%, this being the difference by which the actual CPI for 2013/14 exceeds the projected CPI for the same period. The overall cost-of-living adjustment for 2014/2015 is therefore 7,4%. The increase will be effective from 1 April 2014.
The employer, however, indicated that it was not in a position to effect the increases in April 2014 and that employees would therefore receive back pay when the salary adjustments are effected on Persal. In this regard it was indicated that the back pay (for April 2014) related to the 0, 2% will be paid on 1 May 2014, whilst the back pay on the 7, 2% will be paid on 15 May 2014.
Members should therefore receive their full adjusted pay for the first time when they receive their salaries at the end of May 2014.
Incremental Introduction of African Langauges in South African Schools. (19 November 2013)
NAPTOSA embraces and supports the intention of the IIAL policy and acknowledges that multilingualism is an important tool for social cohesion, and for individual and social development.
The implementation IIAL will commence in 2015 in Grade 1 and will be introduced incrementally until 2026 when it will be introduced in Grade 12. The implementation will be preceded by a pilot in 2014 in Grade 1.
Recent media reports create the impression that the only comment being made about the IIAL is that teachers will have to work longer hours and learners will have a longer school day. There are a number of additional issues which concern NAPTOSA. Some of these are set out below.
Curriculum Overload. The subjects (learning areas) in the intermediate phase were recently reduced on account of the curriculum being overloaded. NAPTOSA is concerned that the introduction of a third language will reverse the situation and also lead to overload in the other phases.
The demands of learning a third language. NAPTOSA questions the wisdom in offering a third language at First Additional Language (FAL) level. Will young learners be able to cope with three languages at such an intense level? Would it not be prudent to introduce a third language at a communicative level instead?
Selection of an African language. In some urban schools a number of African languages are spoken by the learners and no particular language enjoys a clear majority. Such situations will require careful management on the part of the SGB to ensure that the language choice does not become a source of discontent and division in the school.
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