DA - Motshekga criticism of NDP 'wrong'

2011-12-02 22:39

Johannesburg - Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga and Sadtu's criticism about the national development plan's (NDP) recommendations to improve education are wrong, the Democratic Alliance said on Friday.

DA MP Wilmot James said: "Their resistance to the NDP's call for competency tests for teachers, performance-based pay and the non-interference of unions in the appointment and promotion of teachers and officials constitutes an unprincipled obstruction to achieving educational excellence for South African schools."

According to the Sowetan newspaper on Friday, Motshekga said the NDP was unrealistic and it could only be successful in an "ideal world".

When she was asked about performance-based pay for teachers, Motshekga said: "Areas in the plan are not informed by reality.

"It's things you want in your ideal world. It's not done anywhere else. I'm not sure how they expect us to be able to do it," the Sowetan quoted Motshekga as saying.

The SA Democratic Teachers Union (Sadtu) also said testing teachers was an "insult" which would add to their "low morale", the newspaper reported.

The union believed that teachers alone could not be held responsible for how students performed as resources, socio-economic status and parental involvement also played a role.

James said the DA supported the proposal by the NDP and had already pushed to institute some of the ideas in the Western Cape.

"They offer the most predictable forms of leverage for enhancing performance in the education system.

"Competency tests encourage teachers to stay on top of their subjects and ensure students enjoy high-quality teaching and marking," he said.

James said the removal of union interference from administrative decisions such as appointments and promotions would allow schools to be run on rational and not political, lines.

"These recommendations make sense."

  • bernpm - 2011-12-02 23:45

    Performance based pay might indeed be difficult and impractical to implement. It would include measuring the potential of the class cohort for fair measure. Testing teachers and getting SADTU out of the schools could be a great improvement. If Sadtu protests, the government should do a "margaret thatcher" on them. Just knock them out where it hurts.

  • TheWatcher - 2011-12-03 00:12

    Really there's no need to test them. Just sit in on some of the classes and that will tell you everything you need to know. There are some really poor teachers in the schools (particularly the township ones), however there are some truly amazing ones. Those top-notch ones should be rewarded and the bad ones fired and replaced. The whole of South Africa should get performance based pay as far as I'm concerned.

  • braamc - 2011-12-03 06:27

    It is because it is friend of friend again, unqualified, useless and stupid.

  • Harry Meyerowitz - 2011-12-03 06:55

    I am very worried about the standard of education on this country! We hired a gentleman who had a matric certificate, his duties were simple, or so i thought. Measuring and cutting different lengths of piping. Only to find he didn't know the difference between a centimetre, millimetre or meter. This from a matric graduate. I tried to explain it to him, but he could not grasp it. He resigned yesterday, saying the job was to difficult. Oh yes... He took Maths and science, and managed to pass. Very worrying.

      George - 2011-12-03 07:13

      The gov dont the differance between million or billion

  • Utopian - 2011-12-03 06:59

    Through this furore attention is detracted from the main point in the plan, namely that government performance is the main driver of poor education and that endless changes and administrative burdens must be stopped in favour of actually...teaching.

  • pws69 - 2011-12-03 07:02

    I am an SGB Chairman. We have, years ago already, implemented performance based bonuses. Teachers get term based bonuses, as well as their year end bonus. We use a combination of their departmental assessments and peer review assessments. The SGB have the authority to overrule any performance ratings if we believe they are incorrect, stopping review collusion. On top of that, the teachers regularly undergo assessments, and constantly upskill. This is in a quintile 5 government school. The problem is not that it cannot be done, but that there is neither the will nor capacity in the department to do so. Department officials can barely do their work as it is.

      George - 2011-12-03 07:22

      With all these bonuses they are getting, do they also get pay at month end as well. I thought you get payed to do a job. Now you get extra if you 1)get to work 2)get to work on time 3)know a bit about what you teach What do teaches want, give them the finger and they want you arm

  • Elaine - 2011-12-03 09:32

    Whatever happened to the school inspectors of old? They were there to ensure standards were met. This low marale stuff is just an excuse. As children have low morale when they have no boundaries, so it is with everyone, teachers included. If you have no guidance as to how you are performing in any job, if there is no feedback, you feel as though your performance doesn't matter. It is VERY important to anyone's self respect to have a gauge against which you can measure yourself. And if you are able to be guided to perform better and be rewarded by a performance bonus, surely that would improve things all round.

  • Dane - 2011-12-03 10:06

    One has to wonder .......does........Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga even have a Matric?

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