THE YEAR OF OLIVER TAMBO: UNITY IN ACTION IN ADVANCING HUMAN RIGHTS
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.
Mr Oliver Tambo was committed to advancing human rights and fought against injustice and inequality in the courtrooms of South Africa. He would have been 100 years old this year. He was teacher of physics and mathematics at his alma mater. Former students taught by him recalled his engaging style of teaching and consider him an outstanding teacher. On completion of his law degree, he and the late President Nelson Mandela together opened the Mandela and Tambo law firm in 1952. It was the only all black African law firm in the country at the time.
THE DEPARTMENT OF BASIC EDUCATION (DBE) CIRCULAR S1 OF 2017; GUIDELINES TO STRENGTHEN SECTION 4 OF THE CURRICULUM AND ASSESSMENT POLICY STATEMENT, GRADES R-11
NAPTOSA’s POSITION ON THE ABOVE The circular and guideline documents were issued earlier this week. NAPTOSA believes that it is important that members understand the possible implications of these documents and therefore wishes to highlight the following issues. Whilst NAPTOSA representatives participated in various forums (TDCM, CAPS Review Task Team and National and Provincial Subject Committees) where the need to make changes to Section 4 of the CAPS documents (this section deals with assessment in the relevant subject) were discussed, no definitive agreements on the required revisions were reached. As NAPTOSA we wish to challenge the false claim that is made in S1 of 2017(attached), which states:
The Employer announced today in the PSCBC that the salaries of public servants will increase on 1 April 2017 by 7.3%, in line with PSCBC Resolution 8 of 2015. The increase is made up of the projected CPI for the 2017/18 financial year (6.3%)+1%. According to the Employer the increase will be effected programmatically through the PERSAL system. Below are the DRAFT adjustment tables for 1 April 2017 reflecting 7.3% increase.
International Women's Day - A call for Women to Be Bold For Change
International Women’s Day: 8 March 2017 A woman’s place is in her union - for economic justice and empowerment
“#BeBoldForChange” is the official United Nations’ theme for International Women’s Day (IWD) 2017.
In more than twenty years after the adoption of the most far –reaching internationally agreed instrument on women’s rights to date (the 1995 Beijing Platform for Action), education unions, women leaders and Educational International (EI) member organisations, including NAPTOSA, have ensured that gender equality issues remain a priority. The statement, a woman’s place is in her union – for economic justice and empowerment calls on women to Be Bold For Change in 2017.
Media Statement: NAPTOSA Comment on the SONA on Thursday, 9 February 2017
Mr Star Ntantala, President of the National Professional Teachers’ Organisation of South Africa (NAPTOSA), commenting on the State of the Nation Address (SONA) by President Jacob Zuma to Parliament on 9 February 2017, lamented the irresponsible behaviour of some national leaders in the House, as it does not instil confidence in the public at large. He added that the Union welcomed several aspects of the Address, but expressed disappointment that critical issues were not highlighted.
NAPTOSA welcomes the State President’s reflection on the importance of education especially that it remains an apex priority for Government. “Whilst NAPTOSA acknowledges the eradication of unsuitable school buildings and the construction of 895 schools through the Accelerated Schools Infrastructure Delivery Initiative (ASIDI), this is still insufficient as vast inequities still exist across the Country”, said Mr Ntantala. He added that too many learners are still trapped in unsuitable schools throughout the Country. Freedom and democracy have had little impact on their life chances and quality of education. NAPTOSA is perturbed that to date, more than 4000 learners have not been placed in schools in Gauteng. In addition, the shortage of Learner Teacher Support Material (LTSM) in Limpopo and Eastern Cape schools have negatively impacted teaching and learning in these provinces. “NAPTOSA noted that whilst some communities have modern classrooms, they are devoid of furniture and equipment which has resulted in learners sitting on the floor”, said Mr Ntantala.
Mr Ntantala commended Government’s initiative to train 15 000 artisans, however, the concerns of students and lecturers at TVET Colleges have fallen on deaf ears, which has forced many Colleges to suspend lectures at the beginning of this academic year. NAPTOSA calls on Business to commit to providing ‘on the job training’ for the unemployed youth, he added.