MEDIA STATEMENTS: Presidential Remuneration Review Commission (PRRC) – Call for written submissions from Stakeholders in the Education Sector

Date: 12 May 2015

6 May 2015

On Monday the Presidential Remuneration Review Commission (the Commission) called for written submissions from stakeholders in the Education Sector on matters that the Commission is required to investigate, which include matters such as delivery of basic education, recruitment, promotion and retention of educators, performance management, job evaluation, grading and fiscal sustainability of the wage bill.

Headed by former Chief Justice Sandile Ngcobo, the Commission was appointed by President Jacob Zuma to inquire into remuneration and conditions of service in the Public Service and Public Entities as listed in Schedules 3A and 3C of the Public Finance Management Act, 1999 with educators receiving priority.

The inquiry into the remuneration and conditions of service of the country’s educators formally began on 11 March 2015 when the Commission held a briefing session in which stakeholders in the Education Sector were briefed on, among other things, the Commissions’ approach to its mandate as set out in the Terms of Reference, progress in the work of the Commission, and the processes to be followed during the inquiry.

At the briefing in March, Stakeholders were also provided with an opportunity to raise issues for clarification and concerns regarding the Commission’s mandate and intended processes.

Alongside Monday's call for written submissions, the Commission has also published a Statement of Issues which is intended to provide a framework for conducting the Inquiry and to assist stakeholders making submissions to focus on issues the Commission envisages as being most relevant to its investigation.

Justice Ngcobo emphasised that the Statement of Issues would have to be read together with the Commission's Terms of Reference and that it was not intended to prevent stakeholders from dealing with any other issue that stakeholders consider relevant to the inquiry.

Justice Ngcobo further said, “The importance of this Commission cannot be gainsaid. The Commission is concerned with whether public servants receive a fair remuneration and conditions of service for their labour, whether the state is receiving value for its money; how to enhance service delivery and what mechanisms should be put in place to manage fiscal stability.”

"Answers to these questions are vital to public servants, to the government and to the nation as a whole. The achievement of the objectives of the Commission’s mandate lies fundamentally in the co-operation that we will receive from stakeholders and we should remember that basic education is a right not only enshrined in our Constitution but a vital component to our country's future well-being."

Submissions to the Commission are required to be detailed and comprehensive and any views or opinions expressed should be substantiated as far as possible with verifiable facts and data.

In addition, stakeholders are urged to include the following details, in so far as they apply to them: Their role in the Education Sector, a brief description of their activities in the sector, the geographical area where they operate and a narrative of their experience as well as clear contact details where they could be contacted should it so be necessary.

Submissions may be hand-written or typed and must be sent to the Commission by no later than 30 June 2015 via email, post or hand delivery to the Commission’s Lynwood office in Pretoria.

The Statement of Issues and the Terms of Reference are available on the Commission’s website

Issued by the Presidential Remuneration Review Commission

For more information, please contact: Lulama Luti on (012) 470 1590 / 079 921 0921.

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