Jeff Ditchfield

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Jeff Ditchfield said : “An interdict would normally come as an order from a court of law. Up to now there’s no such case brought against the department in court, therefore there is no interdict” External link

iol Wednesday, May 27, 2020 12:48:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “Provinces have indicated that they were not ready, so the SA Democratic Teacher’s Union (Sadtu) has done the right thing to inform their members. We are in agreement on this matter,” External link

the-star Monday, May 18, 2020 7:59:00 AM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “Provinces have indicated that they were not ready, so the SA Democratic Teacher’s Union (Sadtu) has done the right thing to inform their members. We are in agreement on this matter,” External link

iol Monday, May 18, 2020 7:47:00 AM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : "Covid-19 has thrown a huge challenge at us, which found us unprepared to provide education outside school premises," "It is impossible for the department to render its services outside its physical infrastructure. We have been forced to work with other organisations to use their platforms to reach our learners. The department does not have its platforms outside schools to deliver curriculum, monitor it, assess learners and determine their competence" External link

allafrica Monday, May 11, 2020 6:47:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : "It would not be feasible to have given braille textbooks and workbooks for visually impaired learners to take these books home, as they are too big. One workbook in braille is equivalent to the size of two encyclopaedias," "The department is preparing audio files that can be downloaded or played on the radio. Master copies of all textbooks for the visually impaired have been formatted to be uploaded on digital readers where learners have these devices. The department is in discussion with provinces to reach these learners remotely to ensure teaching and learning continues" External link

allafrica Monday, May 11, 2020 6:47:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : "one-size-fits-all approach for learners with special educational needs" External link

allafrica Monday, May 11, 2020 6:47:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “The meeting started at 09:00 and it is still ongoing. There will be another one with teacher unions and one last one happening with SGB associations, all happening today,” External link

dailymaverick Monday, May 11, 2020 4:40:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “All provinces have placed orders. Limpopo is not the only province that has experienced delays in deliveries of PPE,” External link

dailymaverick Monday, May 11, 2020 5:59:00 AM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “Safety and security of our teachers is paramount in this regard,” “Limpopo is not the only province which has advised staff not to report while putting in place measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus” External link

dailymaverick Monday, May 11, 2020 5:59:00 AM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “We’ve received reports from different places indicating that some schools were already preparing to receive learners and teachers, which is not proper because the minister is yet to announce the final resumption of duty programming and how this is going to take place” External link

eyewitness-news Friday, May 8, 2020 1:38:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “This was necessary for the department to align with other interventions that will be taken by the National Command Council later this week,” External link

iol Wednesday, April 29, 2020 7:22:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “That context is critical, never lose sight of the fact that Covid-19 is a new situation and we have no previous experience with it,” External link

iol Wednesday, April 29, 2020 7:22:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield stated ( about Angie Motshekga ) : “In fact, that thought had not even occurred to Minister Angie Motshekga. It is actually laughable that this kind of suggestion would come from an academic who occupies a position such as his. It is not the first time the basic education system has experienced such disruptions,” External link

citizen Friday, April 17, 2020 3:32:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “We still have holidays we can do away with” External link

citizen Wednesday, April 15, 2020 7:21:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield stated : “We still have the curriculum structure which allows for us to compress it by removing some of the content that is not really core,” External link

citizen Wednesday, April 15, 2020 7:21:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “The minister presented the Department of Basic Education’s recovery plan to the National Coronavirus Command Council yesterday (Monday) and we anticipate that the Cabinet is going to consider the proposals on Wednesday (today). The minister will unveil the plans thereafter” External link

iol Wednesday, April 15, 2020 4:21:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “School fees must be paid, parents who are unable to pay must communicate with the school,” External link

iol Tuesday, April 14, 2020 1:03:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “The 2020 academic year is possible and we will rescue it. We have a plan in place to rescue lost time. One of our plans might be to do away with the coming school holidays to recover lost time,” “Once all schools are opened, there is also a recovery plan to assist our pupils to catch up on lost time” External link

citizen Saturday, April 11, 2020 4:54:00 AM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : "The 2020 academic year is possible and we will rescue it. We have a plan in place to rescue lost time. One of our plans might be to do away with the coming school holidays to recover lost time," "Once all schools are opened, there is also a recovery plan to assist our pupils to catch up on lost time" External link

bulawayo24 Saturday, April 11, 2020 4:26:00 AM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : "The 2020 academic year is possible and we will rescue it. We have a plan in place to rescue lost time. One of our plans might be to do away with the coming school holidays to recover lost time," "Once all schools are opened, there is also a recovery plan to assist our pupils to catch up on lost time" External link

onlinenigeria Saturday, April 11, 2020 2:47:00 AM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “The family of one of the teachers have also tested positive and arrangements have been made to trace all those who may have come into contact with the deceased and the immediate family members,” External link

iol Wednesday, April 1, 2020 6:37:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield added : “It is not final, so the authors fully understand that the information contained herein could still be quality assured. The department will use the appropriate channels to make input, as part of the consultation process,” External link

the-star Wednesday, February 12, 2020 9:46:00 AM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “It was not the first time that South Africa was represented in the International Moot Court competition having participated in the previous last three editions of the competition, which were held in The Hague,” External link

iol Friday, January 31, 2020 11:45:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield explained : “All high l were invited to enter a team of two learners, who prepared essays on a fictional Constitutional Court case, as both applicants and respondents to the case,” External link

iol Friday, January 31, 2020 11:45:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “It is not the first time South African learners have made the country proud in this competition. During the 2014, 2016 and 2018 chapters of the International Moot Court Competition, South Africa obtained second, first and best presenter award after a strong-willed fight against other countries,” External link

iol Friday, January 31, 2020 11:45:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “It was not the first time that South Africa was represented in the International Moot Court competition having participated in the previous last three editions of the competition, which were held in The Hague,” External link

the-star Friday, January 31, 2020 11:37:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield explained : “All high l were invited to enter a team of two learners, who prepared essays on a fictional Constitutional Court case, as both applicants and respondents to the case,” External link

the-star Friday, January 31, 2020 11:37:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “It is not the first time South African learners have made the country proud in this competition. During the 2014, 2016 and 2018 chapters of the International Moot Court Competition, South Africa obtained second, first and best presenter award after a strong-willed fight against other countries,” External link

the-star Friday, January 31, 2020 11:37:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “We’ve been closing them down. We’ve been rationalising and merging them,” External link

iol Tuesday, January 7, 2020 9:18:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “You can’t give each learner their own teacher. Rationalisation and merging has to help us address this issue,” External link

iol Tuesday, January 7, 2020 9:18:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “We’ve been closing them down. We’ve been rationalising and merging them,” External link

the-star Tuesday, January 7, 2020 9:07:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “You can’t give each learner their own teacher. Rationalisation and merging has to help us address this issue,” External link

the-star Tuesday, January 7, 2020 9:07:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “The concession applied only to Grades 7 to 9 learners who had passed all the requisite subjects, except for mathematics, to be promoted to the next grade. When promoted, these learners would be allowed to opt for mathematical literacy, rather than continuing with pure mathematics” External link

the-star Monday, December 30, 2019 2:23:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “The department urges members of the public to be cautious about information received from third parties regarding departmental matters, and rather encourage the members of the public to seek official comment from the department. South Africans are urged to refrain from sharing incorrect and misleading content that causes confusion and panic, especially among parents and learners alike,” External link

the-star Monday, December 30, 2019 2:23:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “The concession applied only to Grades 7 to 9 learners who had passed all the requisite subjects, except for mathematics, to be promoted to the next grade. When promoted, these learners would be allowed to opt for mathematical literacy, rather than continuing with pure mathematics” External link

iol Monday, December 30, 2019 2:01:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “The department urges members of the public to be cautious about information received from third parties regarding departmental matters, and rather encourage the members of the public to seek official comment from the department. South Africans are urged to refrain from sharing incorrect and misleading content that causes confusion and panic, especially among parents and learners alike,” External link

iol Monday, December 30, 2019 2:01:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “The concession applied only to Grades 7 to 9 learners who had passed all the requisite subjects, except for mathematics, to be promoted to the next grade. When promoted, these learners would be allowed to opt for mathematical literacy, rather than continuing with pure mathematics” External link

the-star Monday, December 30, 2019 1:14:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “The department urges members of the public to be cautious about information received from third parties regarding departmental matters, and rather encourage the members of the public to seek official comment from the department. South Africans are urged to refrain from sharing incorrect and misleading content that causes confusion and panic, especially among parents and learners alike,” External link

the-star Monday, December 30, 2019 1:14:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “This could not be further from the truth,” “It is mischievous of some people to take old information and make it look like it is a new policy directive” External link

citizen Sunday, December 29, 2019 11:15:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “In terms of the National Education Policy Act, any policy change, would be made by the Minister after consultation with the Council of Education Ministers (CEM), and using appropriate channels, such as a government gazette, or a circular – both which, would be communicated officially by the Department,” External link

citizen Sunday, December 29, 2019 11:15:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “The Limpopo Department of Education will soon pay the settlement amount to the family. Ms Beauty Mutheiwana, the Head of the Limpopo Department of Education, confirmed today [Tuesday] that the provincial department will fulfill its obligations in this regard in the few days,” External link

eyewitness-news Tuesday, December 24, 2019 5:20:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “Over and above material assistance to the family, the Limpopo Department of Education paid an amount, which covered the funeral cost claim as well as the alleged loss of income for Mrs Komape, as ordered in an interim High Court judgment,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Tuesday, December 24, 2019 1:06:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “Over and above material assistance to the family, the Limpopo Department of Education paid an amount, which covered the funeral cost claim as well as the alleged loss of income for Mrs Komape, as ordered in an interim High Court judgment,” External link

sanews Tuesday, December 24, 2019 12:28:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “It is about time that society takes this matter seriously. You can’t leave it to schools,” External link

the-star Friday, December 13, 2019 4:20:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “There are also cases of statutory rapes of under-aged children, but no action was taken,” “From our side, we do what we can by providing the information and incorporating it into our curriculum to create awareness on HIV and unwanted pregnancies” External link

the-star Friday, December 13, 2019 4:20:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “It is about time that society takes this matter seriously. You can’t leave it to schools,” External link

iol Friday, December 13, 2019 3:55:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “There are also cases of statutory rapes of under-aged children, but no action was taken,” “From our side, we do what we can by providing the information and incorporating it into our curriculum to create awareness on HIV and unwanted pregnancies” External link

iol Friday, December 13, 2019 3:55:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “Teachers cannot choose which work to do. The world of work doesn’t operate in that manner,” “If you are a life orientation teacher who is trained, you will be in a position to handle the difficult issues” External link

iol Saturday, November 16, 2019 4:06:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “Teachers cannot choose which work to do. The world of work doesn’t operate in that manner,” “If you are a life orientation teacher who is trained, you will be in a position to handle the difficult issues” External link

the-star Saturday, November 16, 2019 4:03:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield added : “The department is extremely concerned that there seems to be lower sexual debut and increasing risky sexual behaviour amongst adolescents and HIV prevention knowledge has declined amongst learners,” External link

citizen Wednesday, October 30, 2019 4:15:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “The lessons focus on teaching about the respect for self, for the body of others; and most importantly, for children to identify inappropriate physical interactions,” External link

citizen Wednesday, October 30, 2019 4:15:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield explained : “That is just one benefit of this curriculum, but it also helps children to take care of themselves and to be aware of themselves. It will also help them to be aware of how to defend themselves against certain dangers” External link

eyewitness-news Wednesday, October 30, 2019 3:30:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “It is mischievous to pull one liners from the scripted lesson plans to create improper and baseless impressions about the curriculum. The lessons focus on teaching about the respect for self, for the body of others; and most importantly, for children to identify inappropriate physical interactions,” External link

sanews Wednesday, October 30, 2019 1:37:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “It is unfortunate and bordering on mischievous that certain organisations persist to misinform the public with outdated lesson plans (Used during the pilot phase) that have been shared across public platforms with the view to not only misinform but discredit the departments comprehensive plan,” External link

sanews Wednesday, October 30, 2019 1:37:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “The department is extremely concerned that there seems to be lower sexual debut and increasing risky sexual behaviour amongst adolescents and HIV prevention knowledge has declined amongst learners,” External link

sanews Wednesday, October 30, 2019 1:37:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “We, however, have a back-up exam which can be scheduled if there are candidates who are not able to write this exam. Contingency plans are always put in place to accommodate situations of this nature” External link

the-star Thursday, October 17, 2019 10:14:00 AM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “It entails that if you want to go there you can go. You can go to a TVET or a private college with a certificate which has been examined nationally, not just a report from your own school,” External link

the-star Monday, October 7, 2019 1:43:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield added : “It’s not that we’re relying on TVET colleges. It’s a combination of the two,” External link

the-star Monday, October 7, 2019 1:43:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “That’s the whole purpose. By so doing you’re avoiding people going to university to get degrees that they can’t use” External link

the-star Monday, October 7, 2019 1:43:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : "We further reject the notion that the director-general Mathanzima Mweli appeared before the commission without any report or presentation. The director-general prepared for the commission in accordance with the letter and notice to appear received from the commission," "The impression created could not be further from the truth, as the commission was provided with more than what they had expected. DBE supplied additional information, reports and documents on the spot upon request by commissioners" External link

iol Wednesday, October 2, 2019 9:26:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : "The director-general spends more time on the ground visiting schools than in the office, which demonstrates his commitment and concern about the plight and wellbeing of learners in our schools. Mr Mweli visits provinces on a regular basis annually to monitor schools and interact with learners, teachers and officials," External link

iol Wednesday, October 2, 2019 9:26:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “Offering a GEC is not an indication of the exit of learners from a learning pathway in schools but provides better decision-making for and access to further learning after Grade 9,” External link

citizen Saturday, September 28, 2019 12:40:00 AM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said ( about Spelling Bee ) : “As the Spelling Bee continues to grow, the latter part of 2019 will see the department pilot four new African languages to be used in the Spelling Bee, namely, XiTsonga, TshiVenda, SePedi as well as SiSwati, which will only prove to strengthen the department’s efforts to promote and preserve African Languages, as well as a culture of reading for understanding,” External link

sanews Monday, September 23, 2019 1:58:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said ( about Spelling Bee ) : “As the Spelling Bee continues to grow, the latter part of 2019 will see the department pilot four new African languages to be used in the Spelling Bee, namely, XiTsonga, TshiVenda, SePedi as well as SiSwati, which will only prove to strengthen the department’s efforts to promote and preserve African Languages, as well as a culture of reading for understanding,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Monday, September 23, 2019 1:02:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “The supporting documents cannot be uploaded online,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Tuesday, August 20, 2019 11:09:00 AM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “The online system will only allow candidates to register for subjects that they wrote and failed or were absent. Hence, candidates will not be allowed to register for subjects they did not write in June 2019 or for any subject for which they achieved more than 30% or 40% in the case of Home Language,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Tuesday, August 20, 2019 11:09:00 AM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “In order to register both online and manual, candidates must provide an email address at which they can be contacted and a cell phone number, so that further details regarding the examination can be communicated via email or cell phone,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Tuesday, August 20, 2019 11:09:00 AM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “The supporting documents cannot be uploaded online,” External link

sanews Tuesday, August 20, 2019 10:39:00 AM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “The online system will only allow candidates to register for subjects that they wrote and failed or were absent. Hence, candidates will not be allowed to register for subjects they did not write in June 2019 or for any subject for which they achieved more than 30% or 40% in the case of Home Language,” External link

sanews Tuesday, August 20, 2019 10:39:00 AM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “In order to register both online and manual, candidates must provide an email address at which they can be contacted and a cell phone number, so that further details regarding the examination can be communicated via email or cell phone,” External link

sanews Tuesday, August 20, 2019 10:39:00 AM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield wrote : “I have noted that one image in particular may have offended sensitive viewers,” External link

foxnews Thursday, August 15, 2019 7:50:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “And in this context, I pushed the boundary slightly in order to play around with meaning, and push a narrative about reading as an activity that can be done for fun and leisure,” External link

businessday Wednesday, August 14, 2019 6:01:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “The campaign is extremely disappointing and shows the lack of depth and understanding of the intricacies of the basic education sector” External link

citizen Friday, August 2, 2019 12:36:00 AM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield added ( about Amnesty ) : “It shows that Amnesty International SA is in the wrong hands for the progressive organisation that we have come to know to be doing great work. Facts are freely available to contradict some of the fallacies they have been spreading as part of their campaign,” External link

citizen Friday, August 2, 2019 12:36:00 AM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : "Candidates that wrote this examination and are desirous of improving their results may register for the November 2019 examination. The closing date for registration for these candidates will be August 16, 2019. Candidates may also apply for a recheck or a remark of their subject results and the closing date for the recheck/remark is August 16, 2019," External link

iol Thursday, August 1, 2019 9:10:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield pointed out : “Marking of the answer scripts of candidates in a public exam is one of the most important stages in the exam cycle, and therefore only competent teachers are appointed for this task,” External link

the-star Tuesday, July 2, 2019 5:28:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “Following the concerns raised by Cosa about the appointment of two markers in Limpopo, one appointed for maths literacy and the other for physical sciences, the chief director in the province conducted an investigation with the school principal and the circuit manager,” External link

the-star Tuesday, July 2, 2019 5:28:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “The marker must also be competent in the language of teaching and learning. In February, the Limpopo Provincial Education Department (LPED) conducted the selection of markers for the 2019 June exams based on the prescripts of PAM,” External link

the-star Tuesday, July 2, 2019 5:28:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield pointed out : “Marking of the answer scripts of candidates in a public exam is one of the most important stages in the exam cycle, and therefore only competent teachers are appointed for this task,” External link

iol Tuesday, July 2, 2019 5:04:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “Following the concerns raised by Cosa about the appointment of two markers in Limpopo, one appointed for maths literacy and the other for physical sciences, the chief director in the province conducted an investigation with the school principal and the circuit manager,” External link

iol Tuesday, July 2, 2019 5:04:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “The marker must also be competent in the language of teaching and learning. In February, the Limpopo Provincial Education Department (LPED) conducted the selection of markers for the 2019 June exams based on the prescripts of PAM,” External link

iol Tuesday, July 2, 2019 5:04:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “The department is very concerned that the violence has increasingly spilled into schools, causing untold emotional trauma and disruption to the learning and teaching environment,” External link

sanews Friday, June 14, 2019 12:05:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “It is important that parents took responsibility for their own children and talk to them and raise them up properly. Violence is not the way of resolving conflict; if there is an issue, talk about it and rather agree to disagree because if one of you dies, then the other goes to jail. That doesn’t resolve anything” External link

zimeye Friday, June 14, 2019 10:54:00 AM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “This can only escalate the violence that is already causing huge distress among our teachers, learners and the community in general. The union that has called for teachers to be armed is not a recognised union in the basic education sector,” External link

the-star Thursday, June 13, 2019 7:33:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “The department strongly condemns any form of violence, including bullying in schools,” External link

the-star Thursday, June 13, 2019 7:33:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “This can only escalate the violence that is already causing huge distress among our teachers, learners and the community in general. The union that has called for teachers to be armed is not a recognised union in the basic education sector,” External link

iol Thursday, June 13, 2019 7:21:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “The department strongly condemns any form of violence, including bullying in schools,” External link

iol Thursday, June 13, 2019 7:21:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “Extensive preparation for the conduct, administration and management of the 2019 mid-year exam by Provincial Education Departments (PEDs) has ensured the sustained integrity of the examinations and the DBE continues to commend the extensive work done by PEDs,” External link

africanbrains Wednesday, June 5, 2019 10:15:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “Extensive preparation for the conduct, administration and management of the 2019 mid-year exam by Provincial Education Departments (PEDs) has ensured the sustained integrity of the examinations and the DBE continues to commend the extensive work done by PEDs,” External link

africanbrains Thursday, May 30, 2019 12:37:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “Extensive preparation for the conduct, administration and management of the 2019 mid-year exam by Provincial Education Departments (PEDs) has ensured the sustained integrity of the examinations and the DBE continues to commend the extensive work done by PEDs,” External link

sanews Monday, May 27, 2019 6:11:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “Extensive preparation for the conduct, administration and management of the 2019 mid-year exam by Provincial Education Departments (PEDs) has ensured the sustained integrity of the examinations and the DBE continues to commend the extensive work done by PEDs,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Monday, May 27, 2019 5:52:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “The DBE will be surprised if this particular lesson set causes outrage among learners, parents, teachers – or the media – around age inappropriateness,” External link

sanews Tuesday, May 14, 2019 1:26:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “We are all about ensuring our learners are exposed to information and we cannot expose our grade fours to inappropriate material which they are not ready for,” External link

eyewitness-news Monday, May 13, 2019 10:42:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “We require that schools must be audited by competent and qualified professionals. But some of the auditors used are not registered, while others collaborate with the schools to cook the books,” External link

the-star Monday, May 13, 2019 11:44:00 AM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “We’ve been closing them down. We’ve been rationalising and merging them,” External link

the-star Wednesday, January 9, 2019 11:32:00 AM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “You can’t give each learner their own teacher. Rationalisation and merging has to help us address this issue,” External link

the-star Wednesday, January 9, 2019 11:32:00 AM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “This is money the department does not have. There is no funds sitting somewhere, waiting for the communities to burn or damage a school,” External link

citizen Tuesday, January 8, 2019 11:34:00 AM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “When there is rain they will suffer, when there is wind they will suffer, when the sun is blazing they will suffer, and end up dropping out of school,” External link

citizen Tuesday, January 8, 2019 11:34:00 AM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “If they are so concerned about the fanfare, then why do Equal Education members… want to attend?” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Thursday, January 3, 2019 8:39:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “As a system it is important to have barometers to evaluate the success of the sector, not only to celebrate when we measure improvements but also to look at where interventions need to be placed to mitigate challenges,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Thursday, January 3, 2019 8:39:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “We would advise that Equal Education stop to look and listen before they criticise what they do not know,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Thursday, January 3, 2019 8:39:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “If they are so concerned about the fanfare, then why do Equal Education members… want to attend?” External link

sanews Thursday, January 3, 2019 8:35:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “As a system it is important to have barometers to evaluate the success of the sector, not only to celebrate when we measure improvements but also to look at where interventions need to be placed to mitigate challenges,” External link

sanews Thursday, January 3, 2019 8:35:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “We would advise that Equal Education stop to look and listen before they criticise what they do not know,” External link

sanews Thursday, January 3, 2019 8:35:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “This report provides us with the opportunity to look deeper and try to pinpoint what some of the pertinent issues are, that as South Africa we struggle with. What we may be doing differently compared to other countries around the world that will help us to establish meaningful interventions across the system. Now more than ever we need to think holistically about the development of children, and ensure that the limited resources we have are effectively allocated and spent in the interest of future generations of South Africans,” External link

news24 Wednesday, December 6, 2017 1:38:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “Our initiatives on uplifting the girl pupil have certainly worked,” External link

news24 Wednesday, December 6, 2017 1:38:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “We welcome the report because it’s something that we were looking forward to. We were not expecting a negative or positive result, but a report that would give us a true picture of what is taking place in the education system” External link

eyewitness-news Tuesday, December 5, 2017 5:53:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said ( about Joe Maila ) : “He was afraid of the spotlight but he didn’t create it either. Joe will be sorely missed,” External link

sanews Friday, October 27, 2017 11:48:00 AM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said ( about Joe Maila ) : “Joe, together with his colleagues, put together 1Million School Shoes Campaign. In so doing, he managed to restore the dignity of so many children and gave them a sense of pride to walk through the school gates eager to learn while holding their heads high,” External link

sanews Friday, October 27, 2017 11:48:00 AM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : "Joe will be solely missed in this fraternity, and by me in particular. He was my neighbour in the Pretoria CBD, the department of health as well as the department of basic education share the same physical space in Struben Street. In addition to that, if I didn't meet him in the trenches, we would meet at the Hope Restoration Ministries - a church in Kempton Park on Sundays," "He served this government and indeed the Minister of Health Dr Aaron Motsoaledi with distinction. Aside from raising the bar in terms of public communication, he also cared deeply about health, particularly of young people and the well-being of the vulnerable" External link

iol Thursday, October 26, 2017 5:30:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “There is a fake media release with my name and number on it. Please ignore it. Schools reopen [Monday] for term four” External link

sanews Monday, October 9, 2017 11:09:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “We want our learners to refrain from any acts of violence and misconduct in and outside the school environment. This type of action is a criminal offense and will need to be dealt with harshly,” External link

iol Thursday, August 10, 2017 1:24:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “It has come as a huge shock to her because these are people that she works with on a daily basis. And these are the people that hold her to account. When we go to Parliament we account to them. We have to answer difficult questions from them about the work that we do” External link

eyewitness-news Wednesday, August 2, 2017 8:17:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “The department will now embark on a broad consultation process with educationalists, assessment experts, higher education institutions, parents and members of the public, on the amendments to the foundation, intermediate and senior phase promotion requirements” External link

acdp Friday, July 28, 2017 1:37:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “Only in the case of Mashiyamahle Secondary School‚ where pupils became violent when the team arrived to conduct the hearings in 2015 were the hearings not concluded‚” External link

thetimes-za Tuesday, February 7, 2017 8:17:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said ( about Max Price ) : “A Jammie shuttle bus and a bakkie, which were both used by students, were burnt, while vice-chancellor Max Price’s office in the Bremner Building was petrol-bombed,” External link

iol Thursday, January 19, 2017 9:51:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “The damage has been repaired. The vehicles have not yet been replaced,” External link

iol Thursday, January 19, 2017 9:51:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “Payments were up to date up until 7 December‚ when the latest invoice was received just before the break‚ and this — along with a series of variation orders — is being processed‚” External link

thetimes-za Monday, January 16, 2017 2:23:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : "The results of selected candidates from Giyani High, and New Era College (all subjects) have been blocked pending the outcome of the full investigation," External link

iol Thursday, January 12, 2017 7:10:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “We couldn’t disrupt teaching (last year) because we have to plan for the retesting of the teachers properly,” External link

iol Friday, January 6, 2017 1:28:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “The regulations require that we withhold the results pending the outcome of an investigation‚” External link

thetimes-za Monday, January 2, 2017 3:14:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “We have done everything that we needed to do and it’s all systems go‚” External link

thetimes-za Monday, January 2, 2017 3:14:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : "To start, there is no such thing as a 20% pass mark for mathematics and there has been no change in the progression policy to reflect such," External link

allafrica Monday, December 12, 2016 3:11:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “In essence, what the policy says is that even if you pass all your other subjects with distinctions but got less than 40 percent for maths, you failed the year,” External link

iol Sunday, December 11, 2016 11:20:00 AM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : "What is likely to happen is that the results of the affected learners will be withheld until such time [that] the investigations is complete," External link

allafrica Thursday, November 24, 2016 2:44:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : "She also said the department would review legislation that governs exam administration. For as long as we need people to manage exams challenges of this type will always be there. If people decide to be dishonest then we have a problem as a country," External link

thetimes-za Tuesday, November 8, 2016 8:23:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “We appeal to learners, parents and members of the community to report any incidents of papers being leaked and expose those behind the acts,” External link

sanews Tuesday, November 1, 2016 9:59:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “The Department takes this security breach in a serious light and has since involved law enforcement agencies‚ the Hawks and the SA Police Service‚ to swiftly investigate this matter‚” “A case has been opened with the police. We are going to quarantine all the scripts of the schools in the area to establish if there are any patterns. A team from DBE and province are working together with law enforcement to get to the bottom of this matter so that we can take appropriate action” External link

thetimes-za Tuesday, November 1, 2016 5:56:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : "We have audited our storage facilities to ensure they comply with security requirements. The [previous] leaks had taken place at storage centres. We have replaced junior officials with senior officials," External link

thetimes-za Tuesday, October 25, 2016 10:18:00 AM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : "We estimate that this year 21,000 graduates will come from universities around the country. If they are not able to graduate we are headed for a disaster because every year we lose an average of 15000 teachers," External link

thetimes-za Tuesday, October 11, 2016 8:01:00 AM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : "We have partnered with Absa, which is using its own money - R10-million - to teach financial management to principals and school governing bodies," External link

thetimes-za Monday, October 10, 2016 8:58:00 AM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield says : "There are many people and some events that should really be brought forward so that South Africans can have a better understanding of where we come from as a country, in addition to all the apartheid and colonisation stuff that we are always talking about," External link

enca Sunday, September 25, 2016 1:58:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield says : "There are many people and some events that should really be brought forward so that South Africans can have a better understanding of where we come from as a country, in addition to all the apartheid and colonisation stuff that we are always talking about," External link

enca Sunday, September 25, 2016 9:06:00 AM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : "We will review the laws that govern education management and governance to ensure that they are consistent with the South African Schools Act and the Constitution‚ and ensure that implementation is done in a manner that learners will not be discriminated against" External link

bdlive Wednesday, August 31, 2016 7:16:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “We will review the laws that govern education management and governance to ensure that they are consistent with the Schools Act and the Constitution‚ and ensure that implementation is done in a manner that learners will not be discriminated against” External link

thetimes-za Wednesday, August 31, 2016 2:55:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : "If you look at what happened in Pretoria, it is not a policy issue or the code of conduct. The problem is individual teachers who have been allowed to say certain things to learners and when they complain nothing is done. " External link

iol Wednesday, August 31, 2016 10:00:00 AM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “This incident just increased the cost, which is a problem because we are already going to ask money for those schools, and we must now go back and make an additional request,” “We are extremely worried, already the province has a backlog when it comes to school infrastructure and there are schools that are yet to be repaired from the natural disasters that happened previously due to rains and winds” External link

enca Wednesday, August 10, 2016 9:37:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : "Nothing is going to stop us... We are going to work closely with the community to make sure that we isolate people who are doing this, because it has gone beyond comprehension. It has gone to a point where, we really need to take drastic steps to ensure that we restore our education, we show respect on the future of our children," "This is about the future of our children, obviously this is the future of our country and this is intimidation and should not be allowed. We hope police will do their work and arrest the perpetrator" External link

allafrica Wednesday, August 10, 2016 6:43:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “All learners are expected to return to school in the Vuwani area today. The department used last week to prepare for the reopening of schools and to make sure the necessary resources were in place,” “All schools will open as planned and Limpopo Education Department officials will be on hand to assist learners from Mugoidwa Secondary” External link

iol Wednesday, August 10, 2016 4:50:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “The Department of Basic Education has noted concerns and complaints emanating from a page in one of the Grade 10 textbooks. The content referred to is both unintended and unfortunate,” External link

dailymaverick Tuesday, August 2, 2016 2:10:00 AM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said ( about Angie Motshekga ) : “The textbook in question, published and distributed in 2011, forms part of content that Minister Angie Motshekga has asked to be tested for inappropriate or contradictory content,” External link

dailymaverick Tuesday, August 2, 2016 2:10:00 AM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “We also encourage active, consistent critique of all teaching and learning material of all grades and subjects. It is through these engagements and contributions that we can achieve the best quality of content for the millions of children whose education we are entrusted with,” External link

sanews Thursday, July 28, 2016 7:47:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield added : "We also encourage active, consistent critique of all teaching and learning material of all grades and subjects. It is through these engagements and contributions that we can achieve the best quality of content for the millions of children whose education we are entrusted with" External link

allafrica Thursday, July 28, 2016 7:16:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : "We also encourage active, consistent critique of all teaching and learning material of all grades and subjects. It is through these engagements and contributions that we can achieve the best quality of content for the millions of children whose education we are entrusted with," External link

allafrica Thursday, July 28, 2016 7:16:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said ( about Saida Harrigan ) : "The Department of Basic Education can confirm that these reports are fake, misleading and do not represent any policy position of the South African government, especially the Department of Basic Education," External link

allafrica Thursday, July 14, 2016 1:13:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said ( about Saida Harrigan ) : “The Department of Basic Education can confirm that these reports are fake, misleading and do not represent any policy position of the South African government, especially the Department of Basic Education,” External link

sanews Wednesday, July 13, 2016 11:31:00 AM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “Are you saying those that did sit for their exams and actually passed shouldn’t have been afforded the opportunity for supplementary exams?” External link

iol Monday, July 11, 2016 9:55:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : "They will be supported every step of the way," External link

thetimes-za Monday, June 6, 2016 9:00:00 AM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : "Weak content knowledge among our teachers is a challenge that has already been dealt with by the department as well as the Council of South African Educators‚" External link

bdlive Tuesday, May 31, 2016 4:21:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : "Weak content knowledge among our teachers is a challenge that has already been dealt with by the department as well as the Council of South African Educators‚" External link

businessday Tuesday, May 31, 2016 4:09:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “Weak content knowledge among our teachers is a challenge that has already been dealt with by the department as well as the Council of South African Educators‚” External link

thetimes-za Tuesday, May 31, 2016 2:33:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “It is not possible to fix all the schools in the same time‚ but it is possible to fix those schools [over time]. We come here every day to do all we can to fix the schools‚” External link

thetimes-za Monday, May 30, 2016 5:29:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “We appreciate their efforts as well. We always say education should be a societal issue. This is testament to that, as people are releasing their resources to assist learners in Vuwani,” External link

africanbrains Monday, May 23, 2016 3:35:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “We spoke to many learners in that area and they have expressed anger at what is taking place. They want to go back to school but some schools have been completely gutted, where there is nothing left. We have a lot of work to do, a lot of rebuilding needs to take place,” “We are encouraged by the show of dedication by members of the community who rallied around the schools, came to the schools and assisted in the cleaning up. The learners also came through and assisted in the cleaning up as well. That shows that the learners and the community are really serious about education” External link

iol Wednesday, May 18, 2016 10:37:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “We spoke to many learners in that area and they have expressed anger at what is taking place. They want to go back to school but some schools have been completely gutted, where there is nothing left. We have a lot of work to do, a lot of rebuilding needs to take place,” “We are encouraged by the show of dedication by members of the community who rallied around the schools, came to the schools and assisted in the cleaning up. The learners also came through and assisted in the cleaning up as well. That shows that the learners and the community are really serious about education” External link

enca Wednesday, May 18, 2016 8:19:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “We appreciate their efforts as well. We always say education should be a societal issue. This is testament to that, as people are releasing their resources to assist learners in Vuwani,” External link

sanews Wednesday, May 18, 2016 7:13:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : "We appreciate their efforts as well. We always say education should be a societal issue. This is testament to that, as people are releasing their resources to assist learners in Vuwani," External link

allafrica Wednesday, May 18, 2016 6:50:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : "The main purpose of testing teachers would be to identify specific areas where teacher development should focus, but it definitely won't be this year," External link

thetimes-za Tuesday, March 17, 2015 2:11:00 AM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “We are studying their court papers and working on our responses” External link

iol Friday, March 6, 2015 1:42:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “It needs to be noted that this is a once off dispensation given by the minister and therefore does not apply to other irregularities identified in the 2014 NSC examinations that have been dealt with in accordance with the Regulations on the Conduct, Administration and Management of the NSC Examinations,” External link

iol Wednesday, February 18, 2015 3:56:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “The provincial department of education and the department of basic education will work together to ensure that a catch up plan is implemented to try recover lost time,” “Education services were disrupted in the area due to community protests, resulting in four-and-half weeks of stoppage in learning and teaching” External link

thenewage Wednesday, February 18, 2015 3:30:00 AM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : "The policy also advocates that pupils be familiar with traditional printed script, so that they are able to read printed and electronic texts," External link

thetimes-za Friday, February 6, 2015 7:45:00 AM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : "Removing maths teachers from their schools for about 23 days in a school year for training implies that they will lose about 20 hours of teaching time a class a year" External link

thetimes-za Tuesday, February 3, 2015 8:28:00 AM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “It's difficult to have 30 people having the same own words,” External link

iol Friday, January 30, 2015 4:48:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : "It's difficult to have 30 people having the same own words," External link

thenewage Friday, January 30, 2015 4:24:00 PM EAT



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Jeff Ditchfield said : “An interdict would normally come as an order from a court of law. Up to now there’s no such case brought against the department in court, therefore there is no interdict” External link

iol Wednesday, May 27, 2020 12:48:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “Provinces have indicated that they were not ready, so the SA Democratic Teacher’s Union (Sadtu) has done the right thing to inform their members. We are in agreement on this matter,” External link

the-star Monday, May 18, 2020 7:59:00 AM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “Provinces have indicated that they were not ready, so the SA Democratic Teacher’s Union (Sadtu) has done the right thing to inform their members. We are in agreement on this matter,” External link

iol Monday, May 18, 2020 7:47:00 AM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : "Covid-19 has thrown a huge challenge at us, which found us unprepared to provide education outside school premises," "It is impossible for the department to render its services outside its physical infrastructure. We have been forced to work with other organisations to use their platforms to reach our learners. The department does not have its platforms outside schools to deliver curriculum, monitor it, assess learners and determine their competence" External link

allafrica Monday, May 11, 2020 6:47:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : "It would not be feasible to have given braille textbooks and workbooks for visually impaired learners to take these books home, as they are too big. One workbook in braille is equivalent to the size of two encyclopaedias," "The department is preparing audio files that can be downloaded or played on the radio. Master copies of all textbooks for the visually impaired have been formatted to be uploaded on digital readers where learners have these devices. The department is in discussion with provinces to reach these learners remotely to ensure teaching and learning continues" External link

allafrica Monday, May 11, 2020 6:47:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : "one-size-fits-all approach for learners with special educational needs" External link

allafrica Monday, May 11, 2020 6:47:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “The meeting started at 09:00 and it is still ongoing. There will be another one with teacher unions and one last one happening with SGB associations, all happening today,” External link

dailymaverick Monday, May 11, 2020 4:40:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “All provinces have placed orders. Limpopo is not the only province that has experienced delays in deliveries of PPE,” External link

dailymaverick Monday, May 11, 2020 5:59:00 AM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “Safety and security of our teachers is paramount in this regard,” “Limpopo is not the only province which has advised staff not to report while putting in place measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus” External link

dailymaverick Monday, May 11, 2020 5:59:00 AM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “We’ve received reports from different places indicating that some schools were already preparing to receive learners and teachers, which is not proper because the minister is yet to announce the final resumption of duty programming and how this is going to take place” External link

eyewitness-news Friday, May 8, 2020 1:38:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “This was necessary for the department to align with other interventions that will be taken by the National Command Council later this week,” External link

iol Wednesday, April 29, 2020 7:22:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “That context is critical, never lose sight of the fact that Covid-19 is a new situation and we have no previous experience with it,” External link

iol Wednesday, April 29, 2020 7:22:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield stated ( about Angie Motshekga ) : “In fact, that thought had not even occurred to Minister Angie Motshekga. It is actually laughable that this kind of suggestion would come from an academic who occupies a position such as his. It is not the first time the basic education system has experienced such disruptions,” External link

citizen Friday, April 17, 2020 3:32:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “We still have holidays we can do away with” External link

citizen Wednesday, April 15, 2020 7:21:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield stated : “We still have the curriculum structure which allows for us to compress it by removing some of the content that is not really core,” External link

citizen Wednesday, April 15, 2020 7:21:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “The minister presented the Department of Basic Education’s recovery plan to the National Coronavirus Command Council yesterday (Monday) and we anticipate that the Cabinet is going to consider the proposals on Wednesday (today). The minister will unveil the plans thereafter” External link

iol Wednesday, April 15, 2020 4:21:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “School fees must be paid, parents who are unable to pay must communicate with the school,” External link

iol Tuesday, April 14, 2020 1:03:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “The 2020 academic year is possible and we will rescue it. We have a plan in place to rescue lost time. One of our plans might be to do away with the coming school holidays to recover lost time,” “Once all schools are opened, there is also a recovery plan to assist our pupils to catch up on lost time” External link

citizen Saturday, April 11, 2020 4:54:00 AM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : "The 2020 academic year is possible and we will rescue it. We have a plan in place to rescue lost time. One of our plans might be to do away with the coming school holidays to recover lost time," "Once all schools are opened, there is also a recovery plan to assist our pupils to catch up on lost time" External link

bulawayo24 Saturday, April 11, 2020 4:26:00 AM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : "The 2020 academic year is possible and we will rescue it. We have a plan in place to rescue lost time. One of our plans might be to do away with the coming school holidays to recover lost time," "Once all schools are opened, there is also a recovery plan to assist our pupils to catch up on lost time" External link

onlinenigeria Saturday, April 11, 2020 2:47:00 AM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “The family of one of the teachers have also tested positive and arrangements have been made to trace all those who may have come into contact with the deceased and the immediate family members,” External link

iol Wednesday, April 1, 2020 6:37:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield added : “It is not final, so the authors fully understand that the information contained herein could still be quality assured. The department will use the appropriate channels to make input, as part of the consultation process,” External link

the-star Wednesday, February 12, 2020 9:46:00 AM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “It was not the first time that South Africa was represented in the International Moot Court competition having participated in the previous last three editions of the competition, which were held in The Hague,” External link

iol Friday, January 31, 2020 11:45:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield explained : “All high l were invited to enter a team of two learners, who prepared essays on a fictional Constitutional Court case, as both applicants and respondents to the case,” External link

iol Friday, January 31, 2020 11:45:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “It is not the first time South African learners have made the country proud in this competition. During the 2014, 2016 and 2018 chapters of the International Moot Court Competition, South Africa obtained second, first and best presenter award after a strong-willed fight against other countries,” External link

iol Friday, January 31, 2020 11:45:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “It was not the first time that South Africa was represented in the International Moot Court competition having participated in the previous last three editions of the competition, which were held in The Hague,” External link

the-star Friday, January 31, 2020 11:37:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield explained : “All high l were invited to enter a team of two learners, who prepared essays on a fictional Constitutional Court case, as both applicants and respondents to the case,” External link

the-star Friday, January 31, 2020 11:37:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “It is not the first time South African learners have made the country proud in this competition. During the 2014, 2016 and 2018 chapters of the International Moot Court Competition, South Africa obtained second, first and best presenter award after a strong-willed fight against other countries,” External link

the-star Friday, January 31, 2020 11:37:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “We’ve been closing them down. We’ve been rationalising and merging them,” External link

iol Tuesday, January 7, 2020 9:18:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “You can’t give each learner their own teacher. Rationalisation and merging has to help us address this issue,” External link

iol Tuesday, January 7, 2020 9:18:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “We’ve been closing them down. We’ve been rationalising and merging them,” External link

the-star Tuesday, January 7, 2020 9:07:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “You can’t give each learner their own teacher. Rationalisation and merging has to help us address this issue,” External link

the-star Tuesday, January 7, 2020 9:07:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “The concession applied only to Grades 7 to 9 learners who had passed all the requisite subjects, except for mathematics, to be promoted to the next grade. When promoted, these learners would be allowed to opt for mathematical literacy, rather than continuing with pure mathematics” External link

the-star Monday, December 30, 2019 2:23:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “The department urges members of the public to be cautious about information received from third parties regarding departmental matters, and rather encourage the members of the public to seek official comment from the department. South Africans are urged to refrain from sharing incorrect and misleading content that causes confusion and panic, especially among parents and learners alike,” External link

the-star Monday, December 30, 2019 2:23:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “The concession applied only to Grades 7 to 9 learners who had passed all the requisite subjects, except for mathematics, to be promoted to the next grade. When promoted, these learners would be allowed to opt for mathematical literacy, rather than continuing with pure mathematics” External link

iol Monday, December 30, 2019 2:01:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “The department urges members of the public to be cautious about information received from third parties regarding departmental matters, and rather encourage the members of the public to seek official comment from the department. South Africans are urged to refrain from sharing incorrect and misleading content that causes confusion and panic, especially among parents and learners alike,” External link

iol Monday, December 30, 2019 2:01:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “The concession applied only to Grades 7 to 9 learners who had passed all the requisite subjects, except for mathematics, to be promoted to the next grade. When promoted, these learners would be allowed to opt for mathematical literacy, rather than continuing with pure mathematics” External link

the-star Monday, December 30, 2019 1:14:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “The department urges members of the public to be cautious about information received from third parties regarding departmental matters, and rather encourage the members of the public to seek official comment from the department. South Africans are urged to refrain from sharing incorrect and misleading content that causes confusion and panic, especially among parents and learners alike,” External link

the-star Monday, December 30, 2019 1:14:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “This could not be further from the truth,” “It is mischievous of some people to take old information and make it look like it is a new policy directive” External link

citizen Sunday, December 29, 2019 11:15:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “In terms of the National Education Policy Act, any policy change, would be made by the Minister after consultation with the Council of Education Ministers (CEM), and using appropriate channels, such as a government gazette, or a circular – both which, would be communicated officially by the Department,” External link

citizen Sunday, December 29, 2019 11:15:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “The Limpopo Department of Education will soon pay the settlement amount to the family. Ms Beauty Mutheiwana, the Head of the Limpopo Department of Education, confirmed today [Tuesday] that the provincial department will fulfill its obligations in this regard in the few days,” External link

eyewitness-news Tuesday, December 24, 2019 5:20:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “Over and above material assistance to the family, the Limpopo Department of Education paid an amount, which covered the funeral cost claim as well as the alleged loss of income for Mrs Komape, as ordered in an interim High Court judgment,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Tuesday, December 24, 2019 1:06:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “Over and above material assistance to the family, the Limpopo Department of Education paid an amount, which covered the funeral cost claim as well as the alleged loss of income for Mrs Komape, as ordered in an interim High Court judgment,” External link

sanews Tuesday, December 24, 2019 12:28:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “It is about time that society takes this matter seriously. You can’t leave it to schools,” External link

the-star Friday, December 13, 2019 4:20:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “There are also cases of statutory rapes of under-aged children, but no action was taken,” “From our side, we do what we can by providing the information and incorporating it into our curriculum to create awareness on HIV and unwanted pregnancies” External link

the-star Friday, December 13, 2019 4:20:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “It is about time that society takes this matter seriously. You can’t leave it to schools,” External link

iol Friday, December 13, 2019 3:55:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “There are also cases of statutory rapes of under-aged children, but no action was taken,” “From our side, we do what we can by providing the information and incorporating it into our curriculum to create awareness on HIV and unwanted pregnancies” External link

iol Friday, December 13, 2019 3:55:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “Teachers cannot choose which work to do. The world of work doesn’t operate in that manner,” “If you are a life orientation teacher who is trained, you will be in a position to handle the difficult issues” External link

iol Saturday, November 16, 2019 4:06:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “Teachers cannot choose which work to do. The world of work doesn’t operate in that manner,” “If you are a life orientation teacher who is trained, you will be in a position to handle the difficult issues” External link

the-star Saturday, November 16, 2019 4:03:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield added : “The department is extremely concerned that there seems to be lower sexual debut and increasing risky sexual behaviour amongst adolescents and HIV prevention knowledge has declined amongst learners,” External link

citizen Wednesday, October 30, 2019 4:15:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “The lessons focus on teaching about the respect for self, for the body of others; and most importantly, for children to identify inappropriate physical interactions,” External link

citizen Wednesday, October 30, 2019 4:15:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield explained : “That is just one benefit of this curriculum, but it also helps children to take care of themselves and to be aware of themselves. It will also help them to be aware of how to defend themselves against certain dangers” External link

eyewitness-news Wednesday, October 30, 2019 3:30:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “It is mischievous to pull one liners from the scripted lesson plans to create improper and baseless impressions about the curriculum. The lessons focus on teaching about the respect for self, for the body of others; and most importantly, for children to identify inappropriate physical interactions,” External link

sanews Wednesday, October 30, 2019 1:37:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “It is unfortunate and bordering on mischievous that certain organisations persist to misinform the public with outdated lesson plans (Used during the pilot phase) that have been shared across public platforms with the view to not only misinform but discredit the departments comprehensive plan,” External link

sanews Wednesday, October 30, 2019 1:37:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “The department is extremely concerned that there seems to be lower sexual debut and increasing risky sexual behaviour amongst adolescents and HIV prevention knowledge has declined amongst learners,” External link

sanews Wednesday, October 30, 2019 1:37:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “We, however, have a back-up exam which can be scheduled if there are candidates who are not able to write this exam. Contingency plans are always put in place to accommodate situations of this nature” External link

the-star Thursday, October 17, 2019 10:14:00 AM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “It entails that if you want to go there you can go. You can go to a TVET or a private college with a certificate which has been examined nationally, not just a report from your own school,” External link

the-star Monday, October 7, 2019 1:43:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield added : “It’s not that we’re relying on TVET colleges. It’s a combination of the two,” External link

the-star Monday, October 7, 2019 1:43:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “That’s the whole purpose. By so doing you’re avoiding people going to university to get degrees that they can’t use” External link

the-star Monday, October 7, 2019 1:43:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : "We further reject the notion that the director-general Mathanzima Mweli appeared before the commission without any report or presentation. The director-general prepared for the commission in accordance with the letter and notice to appear received from the commission," "The impression created could not be further from the truth, as the commission was provided with more than what they had expected. DBE supplied additional information, reports and documents on the spot upon request by commissioners" External link

iol Wednesday, October 2, 2019 9:26:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : "The director-general spends more time on the ground visiting schools than in the office, which demonstrates his commitment and concern about the plight and wellbeing of learners in our schools. Mr Mweli visits provinces on a regular basis annually to monitor schools and interact with learners, teachers and officials," External link

iol Wednesday, October 2, 2019 9:26:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “Offering a GEC is not an indication of the exit of learners from a learning pathway in schools but provides better decision-making for and access to further learning after Grade 9,” External link

citizen Saturday, September 28, 2019 12:40:00 AM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said ( about Spelling Bee ) : “As the Spelling Bee continues to grow, the latter part of 2019 will see the department pilot four new African languages to be used in the Spelling Bee, namely, XiTsonga, TshiVenda, SePedi as well as SiSwati, which will only prove to strengthen the department’s efforts to promote and preserve African Languages, as well as a culture of reading for understanding,” External link

sanews Monday, September 23, 2019 1:58:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said ( about Spelling Bee ) : “As the Spelling Bee continues to grow, the latter part of 2019 will see the department pilot four new African languages to be used in the Spelling Bee, namely, XiTsonga, TshiVenda, SePedi as well as SiSwati, which will only prove to strengthen the department’s efforts to promote and preserve African Languages, as well as a culture of reading for understanding,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Monday, September 23, 2019 1:02:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “The supporting documents cannot be uploaded online,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Tuesday, August 20, 2019 11:09:00 AM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “The online system will only allow candidates to register for subjects that they wrote and failed or were absent. Hence, candidates will not be allowed to register for subjects they did not write in June 2019 or for any subject for which they achieved more than 30% or 40% in the case of Home Language,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Tuesday, August 20, 2019 11:09:00 AM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “In order to register both online and manual, candidates must provide an email address at which they can be contacted and a cell phone number, so that further details regarding the examination can be communicated via email or cell phone,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Tuesday, August 20, 2019 11:09:00 AM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “The supporting documents cannot be uploaded online,” External link

sanews Tuesday, August 20, 2019 10:39:00 AM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “The online system will only allow candidates to register for subjects that they wrote and failed or were absent. Hence, candidates will not be allowed to register for subjects they did not write in June 2019 or for any subject for which they achieved more than 30% or 40% in the case of Home Language,” External link

sanews Tuesday, August 20, 2019 10:39:00 AM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “In order to register both online and manual, candidates must provide an email address at which they can be contacted and a cell phone number, so that further details regarding the examination can be communicated via email or cell phone,” External link

sanews Tuesday, August 20, 2019 10:39:00 AM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield wrote : “I have noted that one image in particular may have offended sensitive viewers,” External link

foxnews Thursday, August 15, 2019 7:50:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “And in this context, I pushed the boundary slightly in order to play around with meaning, and push a narrative about reading as an activity that can be done for fun and leisure,” External link

businessday Wednesday, August 14, 2019 6:01:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “The campaign is extremely disappointing and shows the lack of depth and understanding of the intricacies of the basic education sector” External link

citizen Friday, August 2, 2019 12:36:00 AM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield added ( about Amnesty ) : “It shows that Amnesty International SA is in the wrong hands for the progressive organisation that we have come to know to be doing great work. Facts are freely available to contradict some of the fallacies they have been spreading as part of their campaign,” External link

citizen Friday, August 2, 2019 12:36:00 AM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : "Candidates that wrote this examination and are desirous of improving their results may register for the November 2019 examination. The closing date for registration for these candidates will be August 16, 2019. Candidates may also apply for a recheck or a remark of their subject results and the closing date for the recheck/remark is August 16, 2019," External link

iol Thursday, August 1, 2019 9:10:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield pointed out : “Marking of the answer scripts of candidates in a public exam is one of the most important stages in the exam cycle, and therefore only competent teachers are appointed for this task,” External link

the-star Tuesday, July 2, 2019 5:28:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “Following the concerns raised by Cosa about the appointment of two markers in Limpopo, one appointed for maths literacy and the other for physical sciences, the chief director in the province conducted an investigation with the school principal and the circuit manager,” External link

the-star Tuesday, July 2, 2019 5:28:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “The marker must also be competent in the language of teaching and learning. In February, the Limpopo Provincial Education Department (LPED) conducted the selection of markers for the 2019 June exams based on the prescripts of PAM,” External link

the-star Tuesday, July 2, 2019 5:28:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield pointed out : “Marking of the answer scripts of candidates in a public exam is one of the most important stages in the exam cycle, and therefore only competent teachers are appointed for this task,” External link

iol Tuesday, July 2, 2019 5:04:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “Following the concerns raised by Cosa about the appointment of two markers in Limpopo, one appointed for maths literacy and the other for physical sciences, the chief director in the province conducted an investigation with the school principal and the circuit manager,” External link

iol Tuesday, July 2, 2019 5:04:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “The marker must also be competent in the language of teaching and learning. In February, the Limpopo Provincial Education Department (LPED) conducted the selection of markers for the 2019 June exams based on the prescripts of PAM,” External link

iol Tuesday, July 2, 2019 5:04:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “The department is very concerned that the violence has increasingly spilled into schools, causing untold emotional trauma and disruption to the learning and teaching environment,” External link

sanews Friday, June 14, 2019 12:05:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “It is important that parents took responsibility for their own children and talk to them and raise them up properly. Violence is not the way of resolving conflict; if there is an issue, talk about it and rather agree to disagree because if one of you dies, then the other goes to jail. That doesn’t resolve anything” External link

zimeye Friday, June 14, 2019 10:54:00 AM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “This can only escalate the violence that is already causing huge distress among our teachers, learners and the community in general. The union that has called for teachers to be armed is not a recognised union in the basic education sector,” External link

the-star Thursday, June 13, 2019 7:33:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “The department strongly condemns any form of violence, including bullying in schools,” External link

the-star Thursday, June 13, 2019 7:33:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “This can only escalate the violence that is already causing huge distress among our teachers, learners and the community in general. The union that has called for teachers to be armed is not a recognised union in the basic education sector,” External link

iol Thursday, June 13, 2019 7:21:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “The department strongly condemns any form of violence, including bullying in schools,” External link

iol Thursday, June 13, 2019 7:21:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “Extensive preparation for the conduct, administration and management of the 2019 mid-year exam by Provincial Education Departments (PEDs) has ensured the sustained integrity of the examinations and the DBE continues to commend the extensive work done by PEDs,” External link

africanbrains Wednesday, June 5, 2019 10:15:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “Extensive preparation for the conduct, administration and management of the 2019 mid-year exam by Provincial Education Departments (PEDs) has ensured the sustained integrity of the examinations and the DBE continues to commend the extensive work done by PEDs,” External link

africanbrains Thursday, May 30, 2019 12:37:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “Extensive preparation for the conduct, administration and management of the 2019 mid-year exam by Provincial Education Departments (PEDs) has ensured the sustained integrity of the examinations and the DBE continues to commend the extensive work done by PEDs,” External link

sanews Monday, May 27, 2019 6:11:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “Extensive preparation for the conduct, administration and management of the 2019 mid-year exam by Provincial Education Departments (PEDs) has ensured the sustained integrity of the examinations and the DBE continues to commend the extensive work done by PEDs,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Monday, May 27, 2019 5:52:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “The DBE will be surprised if this particular lesson set causes outrage among learners, parents, teachers – or the media – around age inappropriateness,” External link

sanews Tuesday, May 14, 2019 1:26:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “We are all about ensuring our learners are exposed to information and we cannot expose our grade fours to inappropriate material which they are not ready for,” External link

eyewitness-news Monday, May 13, 2019 10:42:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “We require that schools must be audited by competent and qualified professionals. But some of the auditors used are not registered, while others collaborate with the schools to cook the books,” External link

the-star Monday, May 13, 2019 11:44:00 AM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “We’ve been closing them down. We’ve been rationalising and merging them,” External link

the-star Wednesday, January 9, 2019 11:32:00 AM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “You can’t give each learner their own teacher. Rationalisation and merging has to help us address this issue,” External link

the-star Wednesday, January 9, 2019 11:32:00 AM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “This is money the department does not have. There is no funds sitting somewhere, waiting for the communities to burn or damage a school,” External link

citizen Tuesday, January 8, 2019 11:34:00 AM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “When there is rain they will suffer, when there is wind they will suffer, when the sun is blazing they will suffer, and end up dropping out of school,” External link

citizen Tuesday, January 8, 2019 11:34:00 AM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “If they are so concerned about the fanfare, then why do Equal Education members… want to attend?” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Thursday, January 3, 2019 8:39:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “As a system it is important to have barometers to evaluate the success of the sector, not only to celebrate when we measure improvements but also to look at where interventions need to be placed to mitigate challenges,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Thursday, January 3, 2019 8:39:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “We would advise that Equal Education stop to look and listen before they criticise what they do not know,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Thursday, January 3, 2019 8:39:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “If they are so concerned about the fanfare, then why do Equal Education members… want to attend?” External link

sanews Thursday, January 3, 2019 8:35:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “As a system it is important to have barometers to evaluate the success of the sector, not only to celebrate when we measure improvements but also to look at where interventions need to be placed to mitigate challenges,” External link

sanews Thursday, January 3, 2019 8:35:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “We would advise that Equal Education stop to look and listen before they criticise what they do not know,” External link

sanews Thursday, January 3, 2019 8:35:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “This report provides us with the opportunity to look deeper and try to pinpoint what some of the pertinent issues are, that as South Africa we struggle with. What we may be doing differently compared to other countries around the world that will help us to establish meaningful interventions across the system. Now more than ever we need to think holistically about the development of children, and ensure that the limited resources we have are effectively allocated and spent in the interest of future generations of South Africans,” External link

news24 Wednesday, December 6, 2017 1:38:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “Our initiatives on uplifting the girl pupil have certainly worked,” External link

news24 Wednesday, December 6, 2017 1:38:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “We welcome the report because it’s something that we were looking forward to. We were not expecting a negative or positive result, but a report that would give us a true picture of what is taking place in the education system” External link

eyewitness-news Tuesday, December 5, 2017 5:53:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said ( about Joe Maila ) : “He was afraid of the spotlight but he didn’t create it either. Joe will be sorely missed,” External link

sanews Friday, October 27, 2017 11:48:00 AM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said ( about Joe Maila ) : “Joe, together with his colleagues, put together 1Million School Shoes Campaign. In so doing, he managed to restore the dignity of so many children and gave them a sense of pride to walk through the school gates eager to learn while holding their heads high,” External link

sanews Friday, October 27, 2017 11:48:00 AM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : "Joe will be solely missed in this fraternity, and by me in particular. He was my neighbour in the Pretoria CBD, the department of health as well as the department of basic education share the same physical space in Struben Street. In addition to that, if I didn't meet him in the trenches, we would meet at the Hope Restoration Ministries - a church in Kempton Park on Sundays," "He served this government and indeed the Minister of Health Dr Aaron Motsoaledi with distinction. Aside from raising the bar in terms of public communication, he also cared deeply about health, particularly of young people and the well-being of the vulnerable" External link

iol Thursday, October 26, 2017 5:30:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “There is a fake media release with my name and number on it. Please ignore it. Schools reopen [Monday] for term four” External link

sanews Monday, October 9, 2017 11:09:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “We want our learners to refrain from any acts of violence and misconduct in and outside the school environment. This type of action is a criminal offense and will need to be dealt with harshly,” External link

iol Thursday, August 10, 2017 1:24:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “It has come as a huge shock to her because these are people that she works with on a daily basis. And these are the people that hold her to account. When we go to Parliament we account to them. We have to answer difficult questions from them about the work that we do” External link

eyewitness-news Wednesday, August 2, 2017 8:17:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “The department will now embark on a broad consultation process with educationalists, assessment experts, higher education institutions, parents and members of the public, on the amendments to the foundation, intermediate and senior phase promotion requirements” External link

acdp Friday, July 28, 2017 1:37:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “Only in the case of Mashiyamahle Secondary School‚ where pupils became violent when the team arrived to conduct the hearings in 2015 were the hearings not concluded‚” External link

thetimes-za Tuesday, February 7, 2017 8:17:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said ( about Max Price ) : “A Jammie shuttle bus and a bakkie, which were both used by students, were burnt, while vice-chancellor Max Price’s office in the Bremner Building was petrol-bombed,” External link

iol Thursday, January 19, 2017 9:51:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “The damage has been repaired. The vehicles have not yet been replaced,” External link

iol Thursday, January 19, 2017 9:51:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “Payments were up to date up until 7 December‚ when the latest invoice was received just before the break‚ and this — along with a series of variation orders — is being processed‚” External link

thetimes-za Monday, January 16, 2017 2:23:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : "The results of selected candidates from Giyani High, and New Era College (all subjects) have been blocked pending the outcome of the full investigation," External link

iol Thursday, January 12, 2017 7:10:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “We couldn’t disrupt teaching (last year) because we have to plan for the retesting of the teachers properly,” External link

iol Friday, January 6, 2017 1:28:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “The regulations require that we withhold the results pending the outcome of an investigation‚” External link

thetimes-za Monday, January 2, 2017 3:14:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “We have done everything that we needed to do and it’s all systems go‚” External link

thetimes-za Monday, January 2, 2017 3:14:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : "To start, there is no such thing as a 20% pass mark for mathematics and there has been no change in the progression policy to reflect such," External link

allafrica Monday, December 12, 2016 3:11:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “In essence, what the policy says is that even if you pass all your other subjects with distinctions but got less than 40 percent for maths, you failed the year,” External link

iol Sunday, December 11, 2016 11:20:00 AM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : "What is likely to happen is that the results of the affected learners will be withheld until such time [that] the investigations is complete," External link

allafrica Thursday, November 24, 2016 2:44:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : "She also said the department would review legislation that governs exam administration. For as long as we need people to manage exams challenges of this type will always be there. If people decide to be dishonest then we have a problem as a country," External link

thetimes-za Tuesday, November 8, 2016 8:23:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “We appeal to learners, parents and members of the community to report any incidents of papers being leaked and expose those behind the acts,” External link

sanews Tuesday, November 1, 2016 9:59:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “The Department takes this security breach in a serious light and has since involved law enforcement agencies‚ the Hawks and the SA Police Service‚ to swiftly investigate this matter‚” “A case has been opened with the police. We are going to quarantine all the scripts of the schools in the area to establish if there are any patterns. A team from DBE and province are working together with law enforcement to get to the bottom of this matter so that we can take appropriate action” External link

thetimes-za Tuesday, November 1, 2016 5:56:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : "We have audited our storage facilities to ensure they comply with security requirements. The [previous] leaks had taken place at storage centres. We have replaced junior officials with senior officials," External link

thetimes-za Tuesday, October 25, 2016 10:18:00 AM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : "We estimate that this year 21,000 graduates will come from universities around the country. If they are not able to graduate we are headed for a disaster because every year we lose an average of 15000 teachers," External link

thetimes-za Tuesday, October 11, 2016 8:01:00 AM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : "We have partnered with Absa, which is using its own money - R10-million - to teach financial management to principals and school governing bodies," External link

thetimes-za Monday, October 10, 2016 8:58:00 AM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield says : "There are many people and some events that should really be brought forward so that South Africans can have a better understanding of where we come from as a country, in addition to all the apartheid and colonisation stuff that we are always talking about," External link

enca Sunday, September 25, 2016 1:58:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield says : "There are many people and some events that should really be brought forward so that South Africans can have a better understanding of where we come from as a country, in addition to all the apartheid and colonisation stuff that we are always talking about," External link

enca Sunday, September 25, 2016 9:06:00 AM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : "We will review the laws that govern education management and governance to ensure that they are consistent with the South African Schools Act and the Constitution‚ and ensure that implementation is done in a manner that learners will not be discriminated against" External link

bdlive Wednesday, August 31, 2016 7:16:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “We will review the laws that govern education management and governance to ensure that they are consistent with the Schools Act and the Constitution‚ and ensure that implementation is done in a manner that learners will not be discriminated against” External link

thetimes-za Wednesday, August 31, 2016 2:55:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : "If you look at what happened in Pretoria, it is not a policy issue or the code of conduct. The problem is individual teachers who have been allowed to say certain things to learners and when they complain nothing is done. " External link

iol Wednesday, August 31, 2016 10:00:00 AM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “This incident just increased the cost, which is a problem because we are already going to ask money for those schools, and we must now go back and make an additional request,” “We are extremely worried, already the province has a backlog when it comes to school infrastructure and there are schools that are yet to be repaired from the natural disasters that happened previously due to rains and winds” External link

enca Wednesday, August 10, 2016 9:37:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : "Nothing is going to stop us... We are going to work closely with the community to make sure that we isolate people who are doing this, because it has gone beyond comprehension. It has gone to a point where, we really need to take drastic steps to ensure that we restore our education, we show respect on the future of our children," "This is about the future of our children, obviously this is the future of our country and this is intimidation and should not be allowed. We hope police will do their work and arrest the perpetrator" External link

allafrica Wednesday, August 10, 2016 6:43:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “All learners are expected to return to school in the Vuwani area today. The department used last week to prepare for the reopening of schools and to make sure the necessary resources were in place,” “All schools will open as planned and Limpopo Education Department officials will be on hand to assist learners from Mugoidwa Secondary” External link

iol Wednesday, August 10, 2016 4:50:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “The Department of Basic Education has noted concerns and complaints emanating from a page in one of the Grade 10 textbooks. The content referred to is both unintended and unfortunate,” External link

dailymaverick Tuesday, August 2, 2016 2:10:00 AM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said ( about Angie Motshekga ) : “The textbook in question, published and distributed in 2011, forms part of content that Minister Angie Motshekga has asked to be tested for inappropriate or contradictory content,” External link

dailymaverick Tuesday, August 2, 2016 2:10:00 AM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “We also encourage active, consistent critique of all teaching and learning material of all grades and subjects. It is through these engagements and contributions that we can achieve the best quality of content for the millions of children whose education we are entrusted with,” External link

sanews Thursday, July 28, 2016 7:47:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield added : "We also encourage active, consistent critique of all teaching and learning material of all grades and subjects. It is through these engagements and contributions that we can achieve the best quality of content for the millions of children whose education we are entrusted with" External link

allafrica Thursday, July 28, 2016 7:16:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : "We also encourage active, consistent critique of all teaching and learning material of all grades and subjects. It is through these engagements and contributions that we can achieve the best quality of content for the millions of children whose education we are entrusted with," External link

allafrica Thursday, July 28, 2016 7:16:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said ( about Saida Harrigan ) : "The Department of Basic Education can confirm that these reports are fake, misleading and do not represent any policy position of the South African government, especially the Department of Basic Education," External link

allafrica Thursday, July 14, 2016 1:13:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said ( about Saida Harrigan ) : “The Department of Basic Education can confirm that these reports are fake, misleading and do not represent any policy position of the South African government, especially the Department of Basic Education,” External link

sanews Wednesday, July 13, 2016 11:31:00 AM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “Are you saying those that did sit for their exams and actually passed shouldn’t have been afforded the opportunity for supplementary exams?” External link

iol Monday, July 11, 2016 9:55:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : "They will be supported every step of the way," External link

thetimes-za Monday, June 6, 2016 9:00:00 AM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : "Weak content knowledge among our teachers is a challenge that has already been dealt with by the department as well as the Council of South African Educators‚" External link

bdlive Tuesday, May 31, 2016 4:21:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : "Weak content knowledge among our teachers is a challenge that has already been dealt with by the department as well as the Council of South African Educators‚" External link

businessday Tuesday, May 31, 2016 4:09:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “Weak content knowledge among our teachers is a challenge that has already been dealt with by the department as well as the Council of South African Educators‚” External link

thetimes-za Tuesday, May 31, 2016 2:33:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “It is not possible to fix all the schools in the same time‚ but it is possible to fix those schools [over time]. We come here every day to do all we can to fix the schools‚” External link

thetimes-za Monday, May 30, 2016 5:29:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “We appreciate their efforts as well. We always say education should be a societal issue. This is testament to that, as people are releasing their resources to assist learners in Vuwani,” External link

africanbrains Monday, May 23, 2016 3:35:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “We spoke to many learners in that area and they have expressed anger at what is taking place. They want to go back to school but some schools have been completely gutted, where there is nothing left. We have a lot of work to do, a lot of rebuilding needs to take place,” “We are encouraged by the show of dedication by members of the community who rallied around the schools, came to the schools and assisted in the cleaning up. The learners also came through and assisted in the cleaning up as well. That shows that the learners and the community are really serious about education” External link

iol Wednesday, May 18, 2016 10:37:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “We spoke to many learners in that area and they have expressed anger at what is taking place. They want to go back to school but some schools have been completely gutted, where there is nothing left. We have a lot of work to do, a lot of rebuilding needs to take place,” “We are encouraged by the show of dedication by members of the community who rallied around the schools, came to the schools and assisted in the cleaning up. The learners also came through and assisted in the cleaning up as well. That shows that the learners and the community are really serious about education” External link

enca Wednesday, May 18, 2016 8:19:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “We appreciate their efforts as well. We always say education should be a societal issue. This is testament to that, as people are releasing their resources to assist learners in Vuwani,” External link

sanews Wednesday, May 18, 2016 7:13:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : "We appreciate their efforts as well. We always say education should be a societal issue. This is testament to that, as people are releasing their resources to assist learners in Vuwani," External link

allafrica Wednesday, May 18, 2016 6:50:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : "The main purpose of testing teachers would be to identify specific areas where teacher development should focus, but it definitely won't be this year," External link

thetimes-za Tuesday, March 17, 2015 2:11:00 AM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “We are studying their court papers and working on our responses” External link

iol Friday, March 6, 2015 1:42:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “It needs to be noted that this is a once off dispensation given by the minister and therefore does not apply to other irregularities identified in the 2014 NSC examinations that have been dealt with in accordance with the Regulations on the Conduct, Administration and Management of the NSC Examinations,” External link

iol Wednesday, February 18, 2015 3:56:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “The provincial department of education and the department of basic education will work together to ensure that a catch up plan is implemented to try recover lost time,” “Education services were disrupted in the area due to community protests, resulting in four-and-half weeks of stoppage in learning and teaching” External link

thenewage Wednesday, February 18, 2015 3:30:00 AM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : "The policy also advocates that pupils be familiar with traditional printed script, so that they are able to read printed and electronic texts," External link

thetimes-za Friday, February 6, 2015 7:45:00 AM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : "Removing maths teachers from their schools for about 23 days in a school year for training implies that they will lose about 20 hours of teaching time a class a year" External link

thetimes-za Tuesday, February 3, 2015 8:28:00 AM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : “It's difficult to have 30 people having the same own words,” External link

iol Friday, January 30, 2015 4:48:00 PM EAT

Jeff Ditchfield said : "It's difficult to have 30 people having the same own words," External link

thenewage Friday, January 30, 2015 4:24:00 PM EAT



Key Titles and Phrases Count Lang Last Seen
spokesperson26.34%EN08/10/201710/08/2017
education department spokesperson1.08%EN07/07/201707/07/2017
basic education department spokesperson0.54%EN07/07/201707/07/2017
education spokesperson11.83%EN04/24/201724/04/2017
spokesman39.25%EN04/19/201719/04/2017
education spokesman11.29%EN04/19/201719/04/2017
education department spokesman3.76%EN01/16/201716/01/2017
basic education department spokesman3.23%EN11/15/201615/11/2016
national education spokesman0.54%EN07/11/201611/07/2016
national education spokesperson1.08%EN08/14/201414/08/2014
chief0.54%EN05/07/201407/05/2014
director of communication0.54%EN02/26/201426/02/2014
Names Lang Count
Elijah MhlangaEN98.87%
Jeff DitchfieldEN1.13%


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