The President of the National Professional Teachers’ Organisation of South Africa (NAPTOSA), Dr Anthea Cereseto, welcomed the announcement by the Minister of Higher Education and Training, Dr Blade Nzimande, that university fee increases would be capped at eight percent.
“NAPTOSA applauds the fact that the needs of the poor and the “missing middle” which comprises dependents of teachers and other civil servants are being considered”, said Dr Cereseto. As a union in the Public Sector, NAPTOSA is aware of the financial difficulties facing the majority of civil servants.
“NAPTOSA condemns violent protest and damage to property and calls on students to act responsibly”, said Dr Cereseto. “There is absolutely no justification for vandalism of the very institution one belongs to”, she added. NAPTOSA is encouraged that the Minister has given universities leeway to decide the rate of increase for 2017 and appeals to student representatives to engage with their Councils amicably. Dr Cereseto further encouraged the Minster to urgently address Government’s basic funding levels of universities.
The pencil will become blunt when used many times, it needs sharpening. School principals and teachers need Continuous Professional Development …” – Prof Auala, Faculty of Education, Namibia
This collaboration with the DBE has ensured that at NAPTOSA we were able to work towards achieving many goals as set out by the DBE in their Action Plan and NDP.
This report is a very clear indication that the programmes rolled out were very successful and welcomed by all who attended. The general consensus from rural to town communities being that these should continue as we move forward to improve teaching and learning in South Africa.
In the course of 5 months, 2992 educators were trained across the provinces. Remote and underserviced rural areas were prioritised in these 102 workshops
Workshops were located in sites that would be easily accessible to teachers, most of the workshop sites were located in schools and in instances where we could not secure a school, we resorted to using Teacher Centres and non educational institutions in order for the workshops to continue.
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The President of National Professional Teachers’ Organisation of South Africa (NAPTOSA), Dr Anthea Cereseto, commenting on media reports on all platforms into the allegation of racism at Pretoria High School for Girls and other schools, stated that schools are microcosms of society and as such reflect the challenges and discourse of the day.
Dr Cereseto stated that NAPTOSA acknowledges the existence of subtle, structural and institutionalised racism within our society, which necessitates the urgent need for greater dialogue on racism at all levels.
NAPTOSA denounces all forms of discrimination, including racism and calls on all teachers to exercise professional judgement and reminds teachers that common sense should inform their decisions and actions at all times. “NAPTOSA believes that the needs and welfare of all learners to be of paramount importance. Teachers should bear in mind that we do not teach lesson plans or intellectual challenges, rather we teach human beings”, said Dr Cereseto.
Today I want to remind you how powerful you are and encourage you to be the best Naptosa teacher in the country. I want you to create a statement in which you affirm this vision of yourself as a powerful agent despite a system that may be ailing.
You are the hands, feet, ears, eyes and voice of Naptosa in the KwaZuluNatal. Naptosa is not an office in Pretoria or Durban, YOU are Naptosa.
Have you seen the Pam Golding television advertisement I am Pam, I am Pam etc.? Let’s pretend we are making an advertisement. On the count of three, let’s altogether say: “I am Naptosa”.
And I am Anthea Cereseto. I have the honour and privilege of being the Naptosa President.
Your conference theme: “Naptosa ponders: Is the system ailing?” is provocative and does indeed require thinking.
It prompts me to ask two questions:
1.Who or what is the system that we are talking about?
2.What is meant by ailing?
CELEBRATE WOMEN’S DAY - 9 AUGUST 2016- CREATE SAFER SCHOOLS FOR TEACHING AND LEARNING
On Tuesday, 9 August, South Africa celebrates National Women’s Day, in remembrance of women’s contribution to the fight for democracy in South Africa. The Department of Basic Education has more female employees who are drivers of access to quality education. Despite this, many women and girls experience School-Related Gender Based-Violence (SRGBV). NAPTOSA wishes to raise awareness about SRGBV and call on all teachers to create safer schools for teaching and learning.
South Africa will fall short of reaching the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal for Gender Equality if schools are not safe for women and girls. It is through a whole-school approach that SRGBV, particularly, against girls and women can be prevented.
NAPTOSA urges School Governing Bodies, school management and LRCs together with teachers to create safer schools by creating or strengthening school safety committees.