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.

  • goyougoodthing - 2012-01-13 23:30

    If I choose to send my child to a state school, which is unlikely, I can choose to pay the teachers anything I wish for their after hours' work. Who is anyone to tell me that I can't?

  • TheWatcher - 2012-01-14 00:23

    Better teachers are being paid more... what's the problem? Only problem I see are the useless teachers who turn up drunk for work over 2 hours late and still expect to be paid. Why don't we dock their wages and use the difference to pay for the bonuses. Bad teachers punished, good teachers rewarded, books balanced at no cost to fee payers or govt. Seems like a win on all counts.

      TheWatcher - 2012-01-14 00:56

      Although I also strongly suspect that this is a way for the education dept to get more money since they are in millions (if not billions) of Rand in debt. Depts that have managed their budgets properly are having what's left in the budgets till the next financial year appropriated by head office to pay for their own mismanagement and overspending. In short its a total shambles.

  • Van - 2012-01-14 03:14

    By dragging all schools down they will all become equal.

      Wesley - 2012-01-14 05:28

      I must say to the lowest level for all, because the bad school will not been drag upwards

  • TrueBlue - 2012-01-14 08:44

    By paying more in fees to enhance the stature of the school is democracy in action. It reflects the will of the people of that community, and these days, many of the people of those communities are not white, and many of them are teachers who are members of SADTU, who are prepared to pay higher fees just to keep their children out of the schools they are teaching at. By focusing on the bonuses of these teachers, the Department actually admits that they have failed to deliver, and are casting stones into the bushes to see what comes out, instead of addressing the problems head-on. But then, when their best advisers are SADTU members, there is bound to be a skewed perspective.

  • Errol - 2012-01-14 08:46

    It's an ANC attitude for someone to win votes from the masses this model C matter!Never at any point,did they think of the consequences!!This and other decisions they make demonstrates how SIMPLY USELESS they are in finding practical but effective solutions,to the woes of their people.Viva la la ANC(but then again...maybe blame the's ALWAYS THE EASY WAY OUT!!)

  • Lesley - 2012-01-14 09:30

    The dept of education cannot understand the concept of paying performsnce bonuses. Like in communism they want wll trachers to earn the same regardless od their performance. And we sre in the 21st century. Sigh!

  • grantdutoit - 2012-01-14 12:42

    Personally I'd rather pay the extra fees as these schools are amongst the best schools other than private schools. The teachers are typically more devoted and provide a better education than the other models. Alternatively, I'd rather put my kids in a private school and have a good education for them than leave them in a model C school which is becoming degraded.

  • debra.wooley - 2012-01-14 16:04

    I am in a quandary as to the reaction I feel to this decision, as a parent i believe that school fees should be reduced, but on the other hand this cannot be at the expense of the quality of our children's education. As the monies which is allocated to education has increased considerably since 1994, so has the amount of learners entering into the education arena. If there is a banning of bonus's for teachers, this should be extended to all education department employees including our MEC and her sidekicks. I think that this will allow the bitter pill of bonus banning easier to swallow, and provide more money in the coffers to benefit the learners and their parents.

  • bernpm - 2012-01-14 22:34

    I have been in contact with some principals of state schools who would love to pay some of their dedicated staff, working extra hours for free, some extra money as a token of appreciation.

  • Haveyoursay - 2012-01-16 07:10

    When I stared teaching in 1975 there was no such thing as bonus paid to teachers, but when I left teaching in 2001 I was paid quite handsome bonus by the parents. I don't know if bonuses are a good thing or not.

  • sipho.songa - 2012-08-22 15:49

    The state is/should be the employer of teachers and pay them (including bonuses or not) according to the agreed upon employment contract. Parents already pay FAR TOO MUCH for school fees in model C schools, our hard earned money is also used for purchasing motor vehicles for head masters, renovating and furnishing of staff rooms, staff "meetings" outside the school etc etc ...

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