Mugwena Maluleke, Sadtu`s general secretary, said they had been fighting for years to keep the paycheck and that signing the agreement was a victory for the profession, teachers, schools and the department. Cindy Foca, the general secretary of the ELRC, told City Press that Sadtu had refused to sign the collective agreement and that she had used the collective agreement as a bargaining sledgehammer during negotiations with the department on a 0.5% pay increase to ensure that teachers were on an equal footing with other public officials who benefited from a 1.5% wage increase over the years. Teachers who miss out on teaching for fear of stray bullets in gang communities will not be sanctioned by the new performance agreement signed with the unions on 3 September. “Sadtu withheld his signature, which meant that the agreement was not seen as a complete force and effect,” Foca said. In addition, Foca said, circuit directors and program advisors signed a similar agreement in 2017, which would be linked to QMS, so that “everyone in the system will be held accountable.” The collective agreement was signed in 2015 by the Board of Education (ELRC) of the Ministry of Basic Education and all other teachers` unions, with the exception of Sadtu, meaning it has not yet been implemented. This comes after the SA Democratic Teachers` Union (Sadtu) signed an agreement on the Quality Management System (QMS) – a tool for assessing the performance of teachers, department heads, vice-principals and principals. “It is our constitutional right to withhold our signature. We would have been an irresponsible organization to leave the profession by bleeding when teachers were looking for greener pastures. We say that the Department of Basic Education should rejoice, because it shows that we can reach agreements without disrupting education. The IQMS was still operational,” Maluleke said.

“Accountants – supervisors and principals – must distinguish between a teacher`s inability and lack of willingness to perform his or her duties. This was not included in the agreement to ensure that it was not perceived as punishment,” she said. In the last six months of the academic year, the gaps identified are filled in the form of assistance, training and other interventions. “It is expected that a core national team will be formed to facilitate advocacy and training in all provinces. In this regard, the HCQ has set up a technical team of QMS. After its meeting next month, the working team will develop a plan for the development of training resources, training and implementation of interest groups,” Mhlanga said. Do you think that the MQMS and the maintenance of salary help teachers to do their service better to schoolchildren? “We said we would keep our signatures because our salaries were lagging behind. The 1.5% wage increase will allow teachers to have a stronger notch when they retire and receive a higher pension, and this will be implemented gradually,” Maluleke said. Click the right mouse button on the “Download file” button and select “Save the destination under.” Download the file in any directory – (example: personal documents, office, etc.) He said the department would play a leading role in training and monitoring QMS by working with social partners.