In response to the recent service delivery protests and the burning of schools in Vuwani, NAPTOSA, with other stakeholders, were invited by the SAHRC to make a verbal and written submission on the impact of protest actions on the right to basic education. Mr David Millar (Deputy President) and Mr Basil Manuel (Executive Director) appeared before the “Hearing Panel of the Commission” on 13 June 2016 to present NAPTOSA’s response to the SAHRC brief.
Here are some of the salient inputs made by NAPTOSA :
•The right to education cannot be viewed in isolation – there are other competing Constitutional rights like the right to protest (sec 17) and the right to strike (sec 23).
•The manner in which the rights are exercised is crucial – if exercised with responsibility, and as intended, they should not affect the others negatively.
•The distortion of constitutional rights in the South African society must be addressed. People are quick to quote their constitutional rights without adhering to what the right actually determines.
NAPTOSA salutes the teachers and youth of 1976 for their contribution to changing the political course and education in South Africa.
As NAPTOSA celebrates 10 years as a Union, the country commemorates the 40th anniversary of the June 16 uprising. On June 16, 1976, more than 15 000 students gathered at Orlando West Secondary School with the intention of participating in a peaceful march to Orlando Stadium, to protest against the decree issued by the Bantu Department of Education that imposed the use of Afrikaans as the medium of instruction at schools.
The teachers and youth of 1976, lacking fluency in Afrikaans, experienced first-hand the negative impact of the new policy in the classroom. Learners who looked forward to good academic performance saw how the implementation of the new medium of instruction policy and subsequent firing of African teachers who refused to implement it, negatively affected their academic performance. A peaceful march turned violent and set in motion a shift in South African politics both locally and internationally.
International Children's Day is observed annually on 1 June around the world to honour children's rights as per the proclamation of the 1925 World Conference for the Well-being of Children in Geneva, Switzerland. This event coincides with South Africa’s Child Protection week, which is observed from 29 May to 5 June.
The theme for child protection week, ‘Let Us All Protect Children to Move South Africa Forward’ is based on the spirit of moving South Africa forward. Child protection week seeks to raise awareness and assist parents, child-care givers, guardians and the entire society to be vigilant and partner with government in protecting and creating a safe environment for children. South African children are protected by the Children’s Act of 2005.
The Department of Basic Education (DBE) released the above report by the MTT on the investigation of allegations into the selling of posts of educators by some members of teachers unions and departmental officials in the various provincial education departments. NAPTOSA engaged with the report and submitted its views on the report. The following captures the essence of the NAPTOSA submission.
At the outset NAPTOSA condemns all forms of corruption associated with appointments and promotions. NAPTOSA recorded its acknowledgement of the MTT for the effort put into investigating the vexing problem of posts for sale, inappropriate appointments and corruption within the Department of Basic Education (DBE)/Provincial Education Departments (PEDs) as a result of undue influence on processes by parties. NAPTOSA indicated its disappointment at the outcome of the MTT investigation, as NAPTOSA members have felt the brunt of these corrupt appointment processes. NAPTOSA is perturbed that the report takes a very negative view of unionism and unions to the point where it appears that a fair amount of union criticism has crept in, instead of clinical investigation and analysis of facts.
The TEACHER APPRECIATION SUPPORT PROGRAMME (TASP) is a stakeholder-driven project in which NAPTOSA, together with other Unions, the DBE, SACE, ELRC and Governing Body Associations raise awareness and educate the public on the important role teachers have in the development of the nation. In light of this the “JUNE 16 COMMEMORATION BY YOUNG TEACHERS” competition/project was designed to commemorate the 40th Anniversary of 16 June Youth Day.