The NAPTOSA response to the final report by the Ministerial Task Team (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.
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.
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.