IFP slams schools bonus ban

2012-01-03 21:18

Johannesburg - The Inkatha Freedom Party has criticised the decision by the department of basic education to restrict former Model C schools from paying teacher bonuses and other financial incentives.

"The new regulations by government will only serve one purpose: it will further weaken the already struggling public education system and boost the private education system," IFP spokesperson for education, Alfred Mpontshane MP, said on Tuesday.

The new regulations, which came into effect on December 15, limit the number of hours for which a teacher can claim overtime.

The regulations stipulate 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.

Schools would have to submit applications to the relevant provincial education department for permission to pay teachers overtime.

Mpontshane said the regulations would have a negative effect on state schools.

"Under new regulations the amount of overtime that a teacher can work will be limited.

"This means that if already underpaid and overworked teachers do not wish to go the extra mile for free, they will no longer be offering valuable extra class time or important schools sports training.

"It is not only teachers that are being penalised through this legislation, but our children too," he said.

Mpontshane said the new system would lead to mediocrity within the public education system, while those teachers who wanted to be recognised for their efforts would leave the public sector to join private schools.

He said the IFP intended raising the matter at the next basic education portfolio committee meeting.

  • AquaticApe - 2012-01-03 21:31

    The ANC are determined to produce as dumb a population as they can. Well educated people in general do not vote for the ANC.

      Klaus - 2012-01-03 22:04

      Keep them stupid = getting voters, it's working well so far.

      Max - 2012-01-04 04:21

      I agree with you but I am almost sure that the previous overtime system was abused by the teachers as is currently the case in the government health, legal etc. environments. A story always has two sides.

      Prec - 2012-01-04 07:15

      Max - Tranparancy! Seems like these incentives are only given to some (under the table).

  • spartanx93 - 2012-01-03 21:56

    Another ANC blunder yet some tool that makes these decsions goes home and thinks to himself he has done his country proud. Ignorance is bliss....

  • Tarryn - 2012-01-03 22:02

    Completely ridiculous. Been reading some comments about it being a calling and hence they should be happy with low salaries. Being in a so-called "calling" profession myself I find those comments ridiculous. These are human beings in a career. They have bills to pay at the end of the month and get no special treatment or preferential interest rates etc. They're subject to the same financial demands as every other person. One could easily argue that a financial manager doing an important job creates employment for 100's of people and shouldn't expect any bonuses or perks as its a calling to work in such an important job with big impact on communities etc. Jobs like teachers, nurses, doctors etc are jobs which can be described as a "calling". At 3 in the morning when you're dealing with sick people the money one earns is the last thing on your mind and takes a special person to cope and excel. The same for teachers who I think are in their own right very special people who deal with rude teenagers etc or kids who learn with difficulty.. It takes a special person to do this work.. If we don't look after this resource we can kiss goodbye to whatever last scrap of education system we have as they'll simply jump across to private schools which offer better incentives. I get the feeling govt feels that if township schools are at a certain low level then instead of figuring out how to uplift them its easier to drop the level of model c schools so that all matrics are equal.

      Riaan - 2012-01-03 22:09

      My sentiments exactly. Typical ANC mentality.

      Max - 2012-01-04 04:27

      The salaries of teachers are really not that bad rather ask the question of how qualified are the so called teachers in the rural model C schools. Most of them barely have a matric qualification and are actually overpaid.

  • bernpm - 2012-01-03 22:09

    The real question to aks our bright governement is: "WHY"?

  • Evita Situma - 2012-01-03 22:17

    Its clear the govt is trying to stay a step setting up excuses in advance. If one part of the education system gets bonuses, why shouldn't the rest? Problem is solved by taking the bonuses away. This is so stupid, imagine the matric results if other public schools had some sort of performance bonus structure? Academic performance in primary/secondary schools may just make an overnight transformation. Teachers get enough stick from dealing with moody/hormonal kids and picking up the slack in terms of ins tilling good habits into the youth, they deserve every cent and the money could come from the beloved e-tolls :-)

  • pviss - 2012-01-03 23:08

    Mr. Alfred Mpontshane, you should run for President. You are one of the first South African politicians, in a very long time, who talks any sense. Those public school teachers get paid so little as it is and now, the Department of Basic Education wants to take what little means they have of making some extra money away from them as well. Its a disgrace!

      amos.simelane - 2012-01-04 09:53

      Guys I am a teacher by profession and I am holding an Honours Degree but I am struggling to feed my family properly. I go an etra mile teaching my learners in my spare time. Guess what, the reward I get is to be insulted and demoralised by stupid people who go around saying we teachers have little or no qualifications at all and politicians who even go on national radio stations and tv and tell the whole world how much peanuts we are earning without any shame that the bodyguard standing next to him/her is not educated at all but getting paid more that teachers.

  • Michelle Kirsten - 2012-01-04 07:06

    We can claim overtime? Who knew? Seriously though most administrators are so lax to submit any extra paperwork that extra hours get limited anyway by schools themselves. Go IFP for actually giving a damn!

  • Prec - 2012-01-04 07:12

    I am a female teacher and have been teaching for 25 years ~ this is the first time that I hear that teachers get paid overtime!! We work ourselves to a standstill and never receive a cent extra. If these incentives are given it should be done transparantly and be checked properly and by the government, because parents have to pay for this.

  • lindaawhelan - 2012-01-04 07:13

    What is the point of this legislation? The dysfunctional schools will still be dysfunctional and those that were functional will find it more difficult to remain that way. Who wins here?

  • Alan - 2012-01-04 08:00

    Thereason for the ANC to produce a dumb population is simple: The Communest introduced it - Educated people are a threat to the rulers

  • Haveyoursay - 2012-01-04 08:18

    I cant see them implementing this. This is another unenforceable regulation. There will definitely not be a flood of teachers to private schools as there are a limited amount of private schools around.

  • reinob - 2012-01-04 09:30

    And my Children will go to Private school. Dont have any yet... but I am making sure that I will be able to give them the best.

  • Blaza - 2012-01-04 15:58

    I am disappointed but not suprized by IFP's position on this matter. I am a concerned citizen who has observed some headmasters e.g. at Glenvista High School abusing the bonus schemes and sidelining some teachers and not paying them bonuses because they don't like them. In fact in one such instance I am convinced it is racism. I even went to an extent of reporting the matter to the Department and the ineffective staff and Head of Department there has ignored the matter. Very disaapointed. And people must stop looking at these schemes as a panacea for good education. There are not even proper monitoring and evaluation systems for these schemes.Think better South Africans!!!!

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