FOR WRITTEN REPLY: QUESTION 851
DATE OF PUBLICATION OF INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER: 20/04/2012
(INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER: 09/2012)
Ms A T Lovemore (DA) to ask the Minister of Basic Education:
(1) Whether any members of the South African Democratic Teachers Union (SADTU) have been tasked with the training of teachers in the Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statements (CAPS) in each province; if not, who has been made responsible; if so, (a) why and (b) who will hold these members accountable;
(2) what measures are in place to ensure that her department will effectively monitor the CAPS training in each province? NW1028E
The Department of Basic Education initiated a collaboration programme between DBE/PDE’s and teacher unions to jointly develop programmes in terms of ACTION PLAN to 2014 and the Integrated Planning Framework and allocated funding accordingly. Five Teacher Unions are involved in this programme namely, NATU, NAPTOSA, PEU, SADTU and SAOU. During 2011/12, all five unions entered into an agreement to support KZN Department of Education and Mpumalanga Department of Education with CAPS orientation programmes. Members of the unions who are involved in these programmes are accountable to their union structures as well as to the national co-ordinating committee, which has representatives of all stakeholders.
Provincial Departments of Education monitor the sessions in their provinces and submit reports to the Department of Basic Education. In addition, the Department of Basic Education monitors training by conducting site visits during training sessions as per provincial schedules that are submitted to the Department of Basic Education.