Warning over ‘power grab’ at schools in South Africa

2022/11/21 16:59:00

Warning over 'power grab' at schools in South Africa

Warning over 'power grab' at schools in South Africa

Pushback against new laws for schools in South Africa is growing.

Subscribe Trade union Solidarity says that new laws proposed under the Basic Education Laws Amendment Bill (BELA bill) are a poorly veiled attempt by the national government to centralise power and control over schools in the country, taking away parents’ say in their children’s education.Subscribe More than 80% of CEOs have implemented or plan to implement a hiring freeze in the next six months, reports KPMG’s latest CEO Outlook for South Africa.Warning issued as violent crime increases – ‘Be prepared, join safety structures’ Warning issued as violent crime increases – ‘Be prepared, join safety structures’ Oorgrens veiligheid November 18, 2022 Warning issued as violent crime increases - 'Be prepared, join safety structures' On 18 November 2022, Thys Eloff from Oorgrens Veiligheid made the following observations regarding crime and has issued a warning to all South Africans.Minister of Public Enterprises, Pravin Gordhan has said that he met with Eskom's board of directors to secure funds needed for diesel suuplies.

The union will present its opinions on the laws to the portfolio committee on basic education on Tuesday (21 November), joining a raft of other interest groups and stakeholders that have made their views known over the last two weeks.In a statement ahead of the presentation, Solidarity said that if the Amendment Bill becomes law, governing bodies would ultimately forfeit all their powers to the state.Results from the poll of South African CEOs were compared to 1,300 global executives who were on par with them.The group said that the bill offers a way for the government to centralise its power over schools and learners while the rights of governing bodies would be undermined and, in some cases, destroyed.The following crimes, often associated with violence have been highlighted: 1) Burglaries and Robberies.“Clearly, the state’s intention is to centralise the education system.KPMG found that in light of an anticipated recession, companies and their executives are being pushed to reconsider their strategies, with talent retention as one of the pivotal factors that are being addressed.Enactment of this Amendment Bill will have tragic consequences for school communities and the children who get their education at public schools,” it said."We will be forced to implement load shedding because we do not have the money to burn diesel at the rate we have been doing up until now," said Oberholzer.

“Solidarity is of the opinion that it is of crucial importance that…the quality of the education learners get remain in the hands of the parents – the people who have a direct and immediate stake in the quality thereof.Despite this, 86% of the surveyed CEOs globally expect there to be one.” The view that the proposed laws will remove power from the hands of parents and governing bodies and place it within government – open to political interference and abuse – has become a central theme in the pushback against the bill.The issue was first raised in this manner by the Democratic Alliance (DA), which previously noted that the amendments are effectively politicising education by taking the power out of the hands of the communities and parents who know what is best for their children and putting it in the hands of the government.CEOs in South Africa are much more worried about the immediate effects of a recession.Several commentators and presenters before the portfolio committee have expressed similar beliefs, with many calling on the government to focus its efforts on intervening at schools that require it and leaving those that are functioning well alone.Presenting last week (15 November), the Federation of Associations of Governing Bodies of South African Schools (Fedsas) noted that 80% of school governing bodies in the country are dysfunctional and require intervention.Of the surveyed South African CEOs, 36% have already stopped hiring.

However, it said that the functional and successful bodies should be allowed to continue as they are, without the interference of the state.On Monday (21 November), the association added that the BELA Bill was full of shortcomings that have been missed by those not practised in dealing with the governance of schools.Some CEOs are also considering downsizing their workforce over the next six months, with 42% of the South African CEOs considering such and only 34% of CEOs globally.This is especially the case in many of the seemingly minor and technical amendments that could have far-reaching consequences or simply do not do enough to address the needs of the country, it said.One such aspect is how a school’s capacity is determined, it said.“CEOs are still investing in their existing workforce, with 72% local CEOs compared to 50% CEOs globally focused on boosting productivity,” said KPMG.“The actual implication is the number of learners in a classroom.

The bigger picture is that there are still far too few schools in some areas of the country, especially schools that offer quality education.It has become increasingly important for CEOs in South Africa to recognise employee-driven business transformations; many have adopted this approach, reported KPMG.Parents and guardians obviously want to enrol their children in good schools, and these are not always the closest schools.” The group said that clear guidelines on the determination of a school’s capacity are lacking in the current amendments.” Retention methods Despite a possible hiring freeze, many employers also stress retaining current staff.Another shortfall in the amendments relates to conflicts between national and provincial regulations.“Each provincial education department has a different interpretation of national legislation.“The truth is, employees with specialised skills and training are in demand — and they know it,” said PwC.

Not only is this often clumsy, but in many cases, it goes against the spirit of the South African Schools’ Act and other national regulations,” the group said.Proposed changes Broadly, the BELA Bill proposes to amend the South African Schools Act (SASA) and the Employment of Educators Act (EEA) to tackle several issues that have gained prominence in South Africa.Employees nowadays are seeking higher levels of work-life integration, which is a negotiation process, said PwC.This includes some definitions which are not clear, introducing ways to hold school governing bodies (SGBs) more accountable, and taking control over language policies from SGBs and giving it to the government.Some of the key amendments that the bill aims to make include: Making grade R the new compulsory school starting age, as opposed to grade 1, as is currently the case.Benefits include professional development and upskilling possibilities, competitive pay, and additional perks.Forcing homeschooled learners to be registered for this type of schooling.

Criminalising parents who do not ensure their child or children are in school, with fines or jail time up to 12 months.KPMG said that this had a positive impact on hiring and productivity over the past two years.Holding school governing bodies more accountable for disclosures of financial interests – including those related to their spouses and family members.Prohibiting educators from conducting business with the state or being a director of public or private companies conducting business with the state.Read:.Abolishing corporal punishment and initiation/hazing practices.Allowing schools to sell alcohol outside of school hours.

Giving government department heads power over language policies and the curriculums a school must adopt.Previous submissions to the committee.

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