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The Ministry of Basic Education and South Africa’s top business leaders engaged with President Zuma to receive feedback on the National Education Collaboration Trust’s progress in its efforts to urgently and significantly assist government in its efforts to reform education in South Africa. The discussion also covered the significant level of funding already raised to this end by the private sector which has been matched by government –  and a reminder that their target is R500 million per annum.

At a lunch briefing at the Presidential Guesthouse in Pretoria on Friday morning, 22 August, President Jacob Zuma, the Minister of Basic Education and several other cabinet members met with some of Business Leadership South Africa’s (BLSA’s) key players, for feedback and dialogue on the progress of the National Education Collaboration Trust (NECT). The President thanked big business for committing to the Education Collaboration Framework (ECF) and its implementation via the NECT. He also applauded the private-sector funding already pledged to the project – BLSA has agreed to commit 0.004% of their member companies’ market capitalisation annually, over three years, to the first phase of the NECT, rising to 0.008% as the programme rolls out nationally. Government is matching this funding rand for rand. Unions and NGOs are enthusiastically supportive. It’s effectively an educational Codesa.

Zuma stressed that multi-stakeholder engagement was crucial to the NECT’s chances of success – while government is primarily responsible for managing the educational process, he conceded that the NECT, an independent trust managed jointly by a diverse, representative group of trustees was in a good position to give the Department of Basic Education the help it needs to fast track the rehabilitation process.

As a pilot programme to implement Chapter 9 of the National Development Plan (NDP), the aim is undeniably ambitious: to transform South Africa’s basic education system to the point where 90% of learners are achieving pass marks above 50% in language, core mathematics and science. The achievement of these goals will take a collaborative effort across society, which is why the NECT is based on dialogue and consensus between all stakeholders – government, business, teacher unions, NGOs, community, traditional and religious leadership, and parents (through school governing bodies). By collaborating on planning and implementation, each will contribute to overhauling the education environment and the quality of teaching and learning within their own areas of competence toward an agreed plan.

In the meeting it was discussed how these different competencies are already operating in the eight districts – comprising of  4 362 schools (18% of the national total) – in which the project is being rolled out first. The ECF identified six discernible themes for action by the NECT: teacher professionalisation, courageous leadership, improving state capacity to deliver quality education, improving school resourcing, parent and community involvement and learner welfare. By tackling each theme with practical, implementable programmes and securing the buy-in of teachers, government, business and civil society, the NECT has already proved itself more than a talk-shop.

There was healthy and frank discussion between business and government with the Minister of Basic Education, Mrs Angie Motshekga, reiterating the fact that the NECT has made huge strides in mobilising the private sector, as well as society and labour unions to take part in improving the quality of education in South Africa. 

President Zuma called on all the MECs and Ministers present to report back to him about what they have done to support the NECT in practical and tangible ways.  However, he also urged the assembled business leaders to continue BLSA’s drive to secure more committed funding. BLSA has set itself and its members a target of R200-R300 million in the initial, three-year phase of the NECT – funding that will be matched by government.  The NECT is managed and lead by an independent team of educationalists acting as a monitoring and evaluation board, to ensure that spending on interventions and training is as cost-effective as possible. This structure has boosted business confidence in the enterprise.

The bottom line, according to the President, is that fixing South Africa’s basic education system cannot be dismissed as “the government’s problem” by any serious business. This isn’t a case of feel-good gestures or the easing of social consciences – it’s an economic necessity. It is the centrepiece of the NDP. “We cannot grow the economy, or hope to provide economic opportunity to all our citizens, without radical improvement in the quality of education. Funding the NECT may count as corporate social investment, but it is really an investment in long-term business sustainability and economic stability.”

 

Education: Labour Relations and Employment Conditions
 

Purpose:
To develop policy on labour relations of educators.

Functions:
1. Regulate labour relations matters within the education sector.
2. Promote and administer employer/employee relations.
3. Regulate education labour relations matters in co-operation with the Department of Public Service and Administration

 
Education: Labour Relations and Employment Conditions
 
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9 Apr 2008New Notches and Translation Tables, 09 April 2008Download
12 Sep 2008Ministerial Committee on School Evaluation and Development gazetted, 12 September 2008Download
9 Apr 2008Guideline for Further Engagement as Contemplated in Paragraph 4, 9 April 2008Download
31 Jul 2008Quality Teachers are worth every cent, 31 July 2008Download
7 Sep 2009Government Gazette - Regulations relating to the prohibition of the payment of unauthorized remuneration, 07 September 2009Download
13 Oct 2008Amendment to the notice of Ministerial Committee on School Evaluation and Development gazetted, 13 October 2008Download
31 Jul 2008 Government Gazette No. 31155, 31 July 2008 Download
9 Apr 2008General Classroom Teacher, 9 April 2008Download
9 Apr 2008Educators School-Based Office-Based 2008, 09 April 2008Download
9 Apr 2008Collective Agreement No. 2 of 2008Download
9 Apr 2008Collective Agreement No.1 of 2008Download
9 April 2008Education Management Service (EMIS): School-Based, 09 April 2008Download
28 Aug 2009Collective Agreement No.4 of 2009 - Finalisation of matters linked to the OSD in education, 28 August 2009Download
28 Aug 2009Collective Agreement No.2 of 2009 - Matters identified for collective bargaining in public education , 28 August 2009Download
28 Aug 2009Collective Agreement No.3 of 2009 - Implementation of an interim measure for education specialist, 28 August 2009Download
Oct 2007 Agreement on Occupational Specific Dispensation (OSD) Annexure A: School-based and office-based Educators Download
1 Oct 2007 Agreement on OSD Annexure B: Education Management Service (EMS) school-based Download
1 Oct 2007 Agreement on OSD Annexure C: Education Management Service (EMS) office-based Download
1 Oct 2007 Agreement on OSD Annexure D Download
1 Oct 2007 Agreement on OSD Annexure E: Recognition of experience Download
1 Oct 2007 Agreement on OSD Annexure F: Occupational specific salary structure for educators Download
1 Oct 2007 Collective Agreement No of 2007: Occupational Specific Dispensation (OSD) for Educators Download
1 Jul 2006 Educators salaries scales , 1 July 2006 Download
16 Mar 2006 Collective Agreement No.2 of 2006 - Vote Weights for the Trade Unions that are Parties to Council Download
16 Mar 2006 Collective Agreement No.3 of 2006 - School Grading Norms Download
16 Mar 2006 Collective Agreement No.4 of 2006 - Full-time Shop Stewards in Education Download
16 Mar 2006 Collective Agreement No.6 of 2006 - Vote Weights for the Trade Unions that are Parties to Council Download
1 Jul 2005Educator salaries, 1 July 2005 Download
7 Apr 2005 Integrated Quality Management System For Public FET College Based Educators Download
31 Mar 2005 Collective Agreement No.4 of 2005 - Integrated Quality Management System for School-Based Education Therapists and Psychologists Download
31 Mar 2005 Collective Agreement No.5 of 2005 - Integrated Quality Management System for Public FET College Based Educators Download
30 Mar 2005 Arb Outcome Report Form Download
30 Mar 2005 Attendance Register Form Download
30 Mar 2005 Con Outcome Report Form Download
30 Mar 2005 FORM 7.20 - Request for Sec 189A Download
30 Mar 2005 Form E1 Referral Form Download
30 Mar 2005 Form E10 Subpoena Download
30 Mar 2005 Form E11 Request for Taxation Download
30 Mar 2005 Form E12 Request for pre-dismissal arbitration Download
30 Mar 2005 Form E14 Request for Expedited Arb Download
30 Mar 2005 Form E15 Application for Condonation for ULP Download
30 Mar 2005 Form E16 Notice of Withdrawal Download
30 Mar 2005 Form E17 Expedited Dispute Resolution Notice Download
30 Mar 2005 Form E2 Application for Condonation Download
30 Mar 2005 Form E3 Certificate of Outcome Download
30 Mar 2005 Form E4 Application for Rescission of Ruling Arb Award Download
30 Mar 2005 Form E5 Application for Variation of Ruling Arb Award Download
30 Mar 2005 Form E6 Application for Condonation for late Filing of Rescission Application Download
30 Mar 2005 Form E7 Application in terms of S142A Download
30 Mar 2005 Form E8 Application to certify ELRC Award & Writ of Execution Download
30 Mar 2005 Form E9 Application to appoint Snr Pan to Arb Download
30 Mar 2005Form ELRC13 Request for Arb Download
30 Mar 2005 LRA FORM 9.2 Download
11 Mar 2005 Collective Agreement No.2 of 2005 - Salary Progression for the period 01 July 1996 to 30 June 2002 Download
 Post Provisioning Norms - revision (Government Notice 1451 of 2002) Download
 
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