Call for moratorium on 'model C' bonus ban

2012-01-13 22:30
Pretoria - Regulations barring former Model C schools from paying teachers bonuses should be put on hold, the National Professional Teachers' Association of SA (Naptosa) urged on Friday.

In a statement, Naptosa president Ezrah Ramasehla called for a moratorium on the implementation of the regulations published in the Government Gazette in December.

"The moratorium will allow for a proper investigation into the payment of perks, the alleged abuse, and to address other issues such as the grey areas in the regulations," said Naptosa president Ezrah Ramasehla.

R10.4bn paid in fees for Model C schools

In the meantime, procedures in the South African Schools Act should continue to apply, he said.

The new regulations, which came into effect on December 15, will mostly affect schools in wealthier suburbs where school governing bodies pay state-appointed teachers bonuses for working over-time.

The Sunday Times reported in December that school governing bodies feared the regulations would result in a wave of top teachers leaving state schools in favour of private schools.

According to the article, parents of pupils enrolled at former Model C schools paid an estimated R10.4bn in school fees in 2011.

A governing body may not employ a state teacher for more than two extra hours on a school day and six hours on a non-school day, according to the new regulations published in the Government Gazette.

Schools would be obliged to submit applications to provincial education departments for permission to pay teachers overtime.

The department insists these regulations will strengthen accountability and transparency in the schooling system.

"Although these regulations are meant to clarify matters and give direction to section 38A of the South African Schools Act, there are grey areas and possibly even one or two sections that are in conflict with the act," said Ramasehla.

He said the promulgation of regulations should not be based on anecdotal evidence.

"Is there clear evidence that the payments of perks has caused the increase in schools fees? What percentage of a school's budget is used for these perks?" he asked.
Read more on:    naptosa  |  education

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Millions of plastic particles in our food!

Scientists and researchers believe that almost five million tons of plastic is dumped in the oceans every year and it’s affecting our food.



Plastic on your plate
Prince George the green prince?
Lean, green, drifiting machine
One man's $1 million vision for an eco Africa

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts

It may be hard to maintain a steady rhythm as you find yourself juggling a zillion things. Slow down a little and let go of more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.