Debbie Schäfer

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Debbie Schäfer said : “According to the current gazetted directions schools can bring more grades back if they can comply with the protocols, so they are complying with the law,” External link

iol Monday, August 3, 2020 10:57:00 AM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “education can’t pick up the tab for the ANC’s incompetence” External link

dailymaverick Friday, July 31, 2020 2:35:00 AM EAT

Debbie Schäfer added : “The department’s budget has just been slashed again, and other schools and areas have been waiting patiently for a long time to receive halls and schools, respectively,” External link

citizen Wednesday, July 22, 2020 8:49:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “I have asked my head of department to send a suitable official to these schools to assist them with the management of this crisis,” External link

iol Friday, June 26, 2020 4:56:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : "The WCED does not support the use of such forms, and indemnity forms do not remove legal responsibility from the department," External link

iol Monday, June 22, 2020 11:37:00 AM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “Of this number, 1,537 cases were reported before the schools were reopened,” External link

EastAfrican Saturday, June 13, 2020 1:32:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : "The WCED does not support the use of such forms, and indemnity forms do not remove legal responsibility from the department," External link

iol Saturday, June 13, 2020 11:50:00 AM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “Extended school closures do not affect all learners equally, owing to unequal access to home learning support and the internet. Learners in poorer communities are reliant on in-class teaching to receive their education, and the longer schools are closed, the more they are disadvantaged. The gap will only grow between those learners who cannot access education via digital alternatives at home (in our poorer communities in the main), and those who can and do” External link

africanewswire Friday, June 12, 2020 4:42:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “Whenever a staff member or learner who has been present at a school is confirmed as positive for Covid-19, the affected areas at the school will be decontaminated. Learners and staff members will not be present when the affected areas are decontaminated. The school will re-open once the certificate of decontamination is received from the service provider” External link

africanewswire Friday, June 12, 2020 4:42:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “In addition, children who rely on the National School Nutrition Programme lose access to this nutrition during extended school closures. This can negatively impact their health,” External link

iol Friday, June 12, 2020 11:43:00 AM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “It is nonsensical to say that poor learners will suffer. The poor learners are suffering now. Wealthy learners are continuing with learning from home, where they have the resources to do so. "The argument is equivalent to saying that if a car has a flat tyre then we must make all other tyres flat, rather than fix the flat tyre” External link

iol Saturday, June 6, 2020 7:53:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “Many of the items stolen are those that are outside the school building such as fencing and garden tools or sporting equipment. Other items included electricity cables, computer equipment, security gates, and kitchen equipment,” External link

eyewitness-news Friday, June 5, 2020 12:21:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “My mandate is to make sure that children are educated,” External link

citizen Wednesday, June 3, 2020 1:56:00 AM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “The disingenuous arguments by some that all schools should open simultaneously do not hold water. They argue that the poor will be left behind. Well the reality is that the poor ARE being left behind now, as wealthier schools or parents have the means to continue online,” External link

dailymaverick Tuesday, June 2, 2020 5:09:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : "Following the national minister’s earlier announcements, we have pulled out all the stops as a province to ensure that we are ready for the arrival of learners tomorrow. Principals and staff have worked tirelessly to get all the health and safety requirements in place," External link

iol Monday, June 1, 2020 1:43:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “Our schools are overwhelmingly ready, including schools that serve poor communities. This has also been verified by the NECT,” External link

iol Monday, June 1, 2020 1:08:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : "Whilst we are aware of the many anxieties surrounding Covid-19, keeping schools closed indefinitely is not going to resolve them," "We shall accordingly be open for learners tomorrow. The week will be used primarily for the orientation of learners into the new Covid-19 safety and learning environment" External link

news24 Monday, June 1, 2020 10:14:00 AM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : "Following the national minister’s earlier announcements, we have pulled out all the stops as a province to ensure that we are ready for the arrival of learners tomorrow. Principals and staff have worked tirelessly to get all the health and safety requirements in place," External link

iol Monday, June 1, 2020 9:41:00 AM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : "Following the national minister’s earlier announcements, we have pulled out all the stops as a province to ensure that we are ready for the arrival of learners tomorrow. Principals and staff have worked tirelessly to get all the health and safety requirements in place," External link

iol Monday, June 1, 2020 2:47:00 AM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “Given these preparations, and the enormous effort put in by teachers and non-teaching staff alike, it would be unfair to delay all schools from reopening,” External link

dailymaverick Monday, June 1, 2020 1:44:00 AM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “Following the national minister’s earlier announcements, we have pulled out all the stops as a province to ensure that we are ready for the arrival of learners tomorrow. Principals and staff have worked tirelessly to get all the health and safety requirements in place” External link

citizen Sunday, May 31, 2020 10:08:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “Learners have already begun to arrive at school hostels today, and parents have made preparations to take their children to school tomorrow morning. School staff and WCED officials have been working around the clock to ensure that all plans are in place to receive those learners on time. :Given these preparations, and the enormous effort put in by teachers and non-teaching staff alike, it would be unfair to delay all schools from re-opening,” External link

citizen Sunday, May 31, 2020 10:08:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : "Following the national minister’s earlier announcements, we have pulled out all the stops as a province to ensure that we are ready for the arrival of learners tomorrow. Principals and staff have worked tirelessly to get all the health and safety requirements in place," External link

iol Sunday, May 31, 2020 9:35:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : "Given these preparations, and the enormous effort put in by teachers and non-teaching staff alike, it would be unfair to delay all schools from re-opening," External link

eyewitness-news Sunday, May 31, 2020 8:58:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : "They argue that the poor will be left behind. Well the reality is that the poor ARE being left behind now, as wealthier schools or parents have the means to continue online. Our schools are overwhelmingly ready, including schools that serve poor communities," External link

eyewitness-news Sunday, May 31, 2020 8:58:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “I was extremely impressed with what I saw. Whilst there is anxiety, the teachers were there preparing the classrooms, preparing the school, ensuring that the desks and chairs are spaced 1.5m apart from each other. At two of the schools the teachers were engaged in workshopping the documents that we had sent out as the Department, to ensure that they understood them, ask questions and think through how they were going to put them into operation. And I really want to thank the leadership of those schools for their proactive attitude, and for really stepping up and leading in a difficult environment” External link

africanewswire Thursday, May 28, 2020 9:16:00 AM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “Staff with these conditions will need to provide a medical report on the nature and duration of the illness. Appropriate work arrangements and/or potential leave may then be considered,” External link

iol Friday, May 22, 2020 5:07:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “Staff with these conditions will need to provide a medical report on the nature and duration of the illness. Appropriate work arrangements and/or potential leave may then be considered,” External link

the-star Thursday, May 21, 2020 8:59:00 AM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : "the contents of which will be received at schools by principals over the coming week" External link

irishsun Wednesday, May 20, 2020 11:31:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer added : "According to the NICD (National Institute for Communicable Diseases), the virus does not live longer than 72 hours on a surface, and is not airborne. Simply put, if there have been no people in the buildings, the virus cannot be there" External link

irishsun Wednesday, May 20, 2020 11:31:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : "An interim list of conditions that present a risk for staff and learners with comorbidities, such as hypertension, diabetes and TB, has been sent to schools. This list specifies in detail which conditions are regarded by health experts as high risk, and how they are measured. Principals and SMTs (senior management teams) will be compiling confidential lists of learners and staff with these conditions," "Parents whose children have comorbidities will be offered the opportunity to oversee their children's learning at home, with the support of the department over the next few months, or until restrictions are lifted. A letter will be sent to schools with a form for parents to sign, indicating their intention to keep their child at home and to oversee their learning" External link

irishsun Wednesday, May 20, 2020 11:31:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : "As grades are due to return in phases, there will be ample space for classes to be spread out to maintain the required 1.5m between learners for the first grades returning. The difficulty arises when more grades return to school, and space becomes a problem. One of the key tasks of our returning senior management teams is to develop plans to teach in a new way, while the appropriate physical distance is maintained," External link

irishsun Wednesday, May 20, 2020 11:31:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “Principals will also oversee the thorough cleaning of schools in preparation for school staff and learners to arrive. The cleaning materials being delivered to schools include bleach, which is recommended by both South African and international health authorities as the means to be used for disinfecting surfaces,” External link

citizen Wednesday, May 20, 2020 6:08:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “We do not plan to have ‘matric camps’ in the Western Cape, as per some media reports” External link

citizen Wednesday, May 20, 2020 6:08:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : "This nutritional support has been sorely missed," External link

iol Tuesday, May 19, 2020 10:20:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “We will only be in a position to comment in more detail after that. However, we will not be in a position to receive learners next week,” External link

iol Thursday, April 30, 2020 9:22:00 AM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “Second, we've issued detailed protocols to schools for the implementation of this essential work to ensure that social distancing is maintained and that our pupils and staff are kept safe,” External link

the-star Wednesday, April 15, 2020 11:17:00 AM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “Second, we've issued detailed protocols to schools for the implementation of this essential work to ensure that social distancing is maintained and that our pupils and staff are kept safe,” External link

iol Tuesday, April 14, 2020 8:59:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “We have had such an overwhelmingly positive response to our initiative, after weeks of requests from desperate communities, that I cannot understand how any organisation can be opposed to this,” External link

citizen Monday, April 13, 2020 7:57:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : "We have issued detailed protocols to schools for the implementation of this essential work to ensure that social distancing is maintained and that our learners and staff are kept safe. This morning I visited two schools where the protocols are in place, and have received a number of photos from across the province showing children quietly waiting a suitable distance apart for their food," External link

allafrica Thursday, April 9, 2020 12:31:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “The National School Nutrition Programme feeds approximately 483 000 of our poorer learners. We need to get to as many learners as possible during this very difficult time,” External link

citizen Sunday, April 5, 2020 11:46:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “There is currently one confirmed case of Covid-19 in the Western Cape. He is isolated. There is no need for panic. The Western Cape government, working with the national government, is monitoring the situation closely and will take the necessary preventative steps should the need arise. The WCED will keep schools informed of any developments that may affect them,” External link

iol Thursday, March 12, 2020 8:49:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “We do, however, urge all schools and families to practice the preventative measures publicised by the Western Cape health department, especially regular hand-washing, sneezing into your elbow or a tissue, and not shaking hands,” “Any suspected cases must be reported to the national hotline, or contact your health practitioner. If a school child is involved, please also report it to the Western Cape education department so that we can make a decision on the appropriate action” External link

iol Thursday, March 12, 2020 8:49:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “When 20% or more of a province’s entered candidates for the matric year do not write their exam, it is difficult to explain this away without considering that some of those learners may have been kept back on purpose. We have heard reports of this in some provinces,” External link

dailymaverick Wednesday, January 22, 2020 12:42:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “in general, I am very pleased with the performance of the Western Cape, especially given the difficulties that we are facing as a result of inadequate funding and safety concerns. I would like to congratulate all our learners, teachers and administrative staff, who have put in an immense effort” External link

dailymaverick Thursday, January 9, 2020 1:51:00 AM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “While celebrating all of the teachers considered for these awards, we know that you represent the tip of the iceberg. We know that the vast majority of around 33000 teachers out there are giving their best to serve the interests of every child in every classroom,” External link

iol Sunday, November 10, 2019 7:48:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “I’m advised that there was no evidence that such comments were made. But that issue was taken with some girls for not complying with the hair policy. Hair is required to be neat and tied up. The issue of afros has not been an issue until now. It has been referred to the SGB (school governing body) for review of the policy” External link

eyewitness-news Saturday, August 31, 2019 12:18:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said ( about Steve Hofmeyr ) : “Through our engagements with the district, we are informed that the school governing body was unaware that Steve Hofmeyer would be performing at the school when the contract was signed. We are also informed that the school governing body is seeking legal advice in terms of cancelling the contract” External link

citizen Friday, July 19, 2019 9:06:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “I am concerned that there are still over 85,000 applications where parents have not confirmed their place for 2020. This means the application was successful but the parent has not indicated their final choice on the system,” External link

citizen Monday, July 8, 2019 4:30:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “The third term of the academic year is one of the most important terms for our learners, educators and officials as it is one when important examinations and tests take place,” “It is also a time where our officials take on the mammoth task of ensuring that the department is prepared for the start of the 2020 academic year by finalising and processing last-minute admissions” External link

citizen Monday, July 8, 2019 4:30:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : "I am again appealing to the communities around our schools to report any suspicious activity to the police or our Safe Schools immediately. This action could save a life. Our Safe Schools Call Centre can be reached on 0800 45 46 47. I also urge anyone with information on Wednesday’s robbery to please contact the SAPS, so that the perpetrators can be arrested," External link

iol Thursday, June 6, 2019 6:04:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “Districts are providing skills training in alternative and restorative strategies to deal with learner discipline. Schools are encouraged to contact their district office should they be interested in receiving this training,” External link

iol Wednesday, June 5, 2019 4:29:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : "People have the right to protest peacefully but the violent nature of these recent actions is both concerning and unacceptable," External link

coastweek Thursday, April 25, 2019 8:32:00 AM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : "It is high time that people destroying the opportunities of others are held accountable for their thuggish behavior," External link

coastweek Thursday, April 25, 2019 8:32:00 AM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “I strongly condemn the violent action that has been taking place in areas of the city and that has led to concerning disruption of our schools” External link

iol Saturday, April 13, 2019 6:39:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : "People have the right to protest peacefully but the violent nature of these recent actions is both concerning and unacceptable," External link

xinhuanet_en Friday, April 12, 2019 7:27:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : "It is high time that people destroying the opportunities of others are held accountable for their thuggish behavior," External link

xinhuanet_en Friday, April 12, 2019 7:27:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : "But the reason, simply, is because we have no choice but to do both simultaneously. If we don’t, our young people are going to be at an even greater disadvantage than they are now," External link

iol Monday, March 25, 2019 5:57:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said ( about Province ) : "So we have developed the e-learning strategy into six streams, and refined the focus onto three of our top priorities in the department, namely teacher development, and improvements in maths and language," "The WCED is working to ensure that every school in the Province begins to feel the benefits and transformative nature of this exciting project" External link

iol Monday, March 25, 2019 5:57:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “We are therefore concerned for the safety of learners and educators when there are flare-ups in the community and the possibility of weapons being carried into schools. Safe and secure learning environments are essential if we are to ensure that quality education is delivered. It is imperative that our schools remain weapon and drug-free,” “The reality is that some learners do come to school in possession of dangerous objects and illegal drugs, despite the fact that our Western Cape provincial school education act clearly states that no person may bring these items onto the school premises at any time” External link

iol Thursday, February 28, 2019 6:23:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “This is of grave concern to me and it is for this reason that the WCED works with Saps to conduct random search and seizure operations at schools across the province,” “The possibility exists that learners in possession of dangerous objects or alcoholic liquor or illegal drugs on our school grounds may cause serious psychological damage or physiological injury to others. This directly contributes to the challenges of providing an education of progressively better quality for all learners” External link

iol Thursday, February 28, 2019 6:23:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “I believe that these guidelines help assist our principals and educators in carrying out such random search and seizures. By carrying out these practical steps as contained in the document, we are also ensuring that the learner’s rights are being protected at all times, as well as, keeping our schools safe” External link

iol Thursday, February 28, 2019 3:26:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer added : “The possibility exists that learners in possession of dangerous objects or alcoholic liquor or illegal drugs on our school grounds, may cause serious psychological damage or physiological injury to others. This directly contributes to the challenges of providing an education of progressively better quality for all learners” External link

iol Thursday, February 28, 2019 3:26:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : "This gives parents a whole month in which to prioritise their children’s applications for the 2020 school year. This generally applies to learners entering Grade R, Grade 1 and Grade 8," External link

iol Thursday, February 14, 2019 5:16:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “An investigation into the incident is also under way. The investigation will determine whether the learner will also face disciplinary action. Learners in the class have been asked to make a statement regarding the events that led up to the incident. There is further video evidence that has been edited out of the version being circulated,” “I am aware that some commentators on social media platforms are immediately assuming that the incident is race-related. While I understand their anger at the images displayed on the edited version of the video, we cannot assume that this was racially motivated. We ask that the public allow the SGB to investigate the incident before such conclusions are made” External link

dailymaverick Wednesday, February 6, 2019 4:39:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “Last year’s drought caused us to divert R300 million from our infrastructure budget to plan for continuation of schools in the event of Day Zero,” External link

dailymaverick Tuesday, February 5, 2019 3:14:00 AM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “The real matric pass rate factors in the retention rate‚” External link

businessday Saturday, January 5, 2019 10:07:00 AM EAT

Debbie Schäfer says : “We want to get more resources into poor schools, better educational outcomes and be open to deviation in traditional curriculum delivery,” External link

businessday Monday, December 17, 2018 11:30:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : "If there is no drastic action taken, we will be sitting in the same position next year," "The circular does not address the real problem, and that is that we simply do not have sufficient good maths teachers in South Africa" External link

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

Debbie Schäfer said : "The learners will not be victimised in any way for voicing their concerns. I am informed that the Circuit Manager provided the hostel learners with her mobile number and said they should contact her at any stage," External link

allafrica Tuesday, November 22, 2016 5:37:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : "It is the intention of the [department] to ensure that the examination process is equal and fair, therefore strict security arrangements are necessary to ensure the integrity of the examinations," External link

thetimes-za Tuesday, October 11, 2016 9:27:00 AM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “Last week, I called on all schools in the Western Cape to review their codes of conduct to ensure that they are in line with the values of the constitution and representative of the school community,” External link

iol Thursday, September 8, 2016 8:25:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “The circular serves to remind schools to review codes of conduct periodically to ensure that they achieve their purpose in line with the constitution, while taking into account ongoing discussions on what codes of conduct should require,” External link

iol Thursday, September 8, 2016 8:25:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “We have asked schools to suggest amendments to the DBE’s guideline, as the WCED continues to improve its approach to drafting codes of conduct. I believe that this process can be conducted in a transparent and participatory way, without disruption to teaching, learning time, or violence,” External link

iol Thursday, September 8, 2016 8:25:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer added : “It is important that all schools ensure that their codes of conduct represent the inclusive society in which we live, however, it is important that there is a healthy balance between school discipline and behaviour and individual rights,” External link

iol Thursday, September 8, 2016 8:25:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer explained : “The trial examinations are extremely important for our matric learners and form an essential part of their preparation ahead of the 2016 National Senior Certificate examinations. Learners use the results of these exams to determine which areas they need to concentrate on ahead of the NSC,” External link

iol Monday, September 5, 2016 9:57:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “This in turn depends on how you plan your time, how hard you study, and that you stay focused, positive and healthy,” External link

iol Monday, September 5, 2016 9:57:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “The matric class of 2016 is entering one the most challenging and arguably most important times of their lives, the build up to their final examinations. I therefore would like to thank all educators, family members and care givers for their support thus far. We trust that you will continue supporting our Grade 12s until the final examination,” External link

iol Monday, September 5, 2016 9:57:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “So we are wanting to provide for intervention facilities to be an option instead of expulsion so the governing body can recommend that as an alternative punishment,” External link

iol Thursday, August 25, 2016 11:13:00 AM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “It (the evaluation authority) will be as independent as possible. We don’t have all the details yet. We are still working on the model. The assessments of schools will be published for people to see and compare performances of different schools with the intention that it will drive improvement,” External link

iol Thursday, August 25, 2016 11:13:00 AM EAT



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Debbie Schäfer

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Debbie Schäfer said : “According to the current gazetted directions schools can bring more grades back if they can comply with the protocols, so they are complying with the law,” External link

iol Monday, August 3, 2020 10:57:00 AM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “education can’t pick up the tab for the ANC’s incompetence” External link

dailymaverick Friday, July 31, 2020 2:35:00 AM EAT

Debbie Schäfer added : “The department’s budget has just been slashed again, and other schools and areas have been waiting patiently for a long time to receive halls and schools, respectively,” External link

citizen Wednesday, July 22, 2020 8:49:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “I have asked my head of department to send a suitable official to these schools to assist them with the management of this crisis,” External link

iol Friday, June 26, 2020 4:56:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : "The WCED does not support the use of such forms, and indemnity forms do not remove legal responsibility from the department," External link

iol Monday, June 22, 2020 11:37:00 AM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “Of this number, 1,537 cases were reported before the schools were reopened,” External link

EastAfrican Saturday, June 13, 2020 1:32:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : "The WCED does not support the use of such forms, and indemnity forms do not remove legal responsibility from the department," External link

iol Saturday, June 13, 2020 11:50:00 AM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “Extended school closures do not affect all learners equally, owing to unequal access to home learning support and the internet. Learners in poorer communities are reliant on in-class teaching to receive their education, and the longer schools are closed, the more they are disadvantaged. The gap will only grow between those learners who cannot access education via digital alternatives at home (in our poorer communities in the main), and those who can and do” External link

africanewswire Friday, June 12, 2020 4:42:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “Whenever a staff member or learner who has been present at a school is confirmed as positive for Covid-19, the affected areas at the school will be decontaminated. Learners and staff members will not be present when the affected areas are decontaminated. The school will re-open once the certificate of decontamination is received from the service provider” External link

africanewswire Friday, June 12, 2020 4:42:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “In addition, children who rely on the National School Nutrition Programme lose access to this nutrition during extended school closures. This can negatively impact their health,” External link

iol Friday, June 12, 2020 11:43:00 AM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “It is nonsensical to say that poor learners will suffer. The poor learners are suffering now. Wealthy learners are continuing with learning from home, where they have the resources to do so. "The argument is equivalent to saying that if a car has a flat tyre then we must make all other tyres flat, rather than fix the flat tyre” External link

iol Saturday, June 6, 2020 7:53:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “Many of the items stolen are those that are outside the school building such as fencing and garden tools or sporting equipment. Other items included electricity cables, computer equipment, security gates, and kitchen equipment,” External link

eyewitness-news Friday, June 5, 2020 12:21:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “My mandate is to make sure that children are educated,” External link

citizen Wednesday, June 3, 2020 1:56:00 AM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “The disingenuous arguments by some that all schools should open simultaneously do not hold water. They argue that the poor will be left behind. Well the reality is that the poor ARE being left behind now, as wealthier schools or parents have the means to continue online,” External link

dailymaverick Tuesday, June 2, 2020 5:09:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : "Following the national minister’s earlier announcements, we have pulled out all the stops as a province to ensure that we are ready for the arrival of learners tomorrow. Principals and staff have worked tirelessly to get all the health and safety requirements in place," External link

iol Monday, June 1, 2020 1:43:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “Our schools are overwhelmingly ready, including schools that serve poor communities. This has also been verified by the NECT,” External link

iol Monday, June 1, 2020 1:08:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : "Whilst we are aware of the many anxieties surrounding Covid-19, keeping schools closed indefinitely is not going to resolve them," "We shall accordingly be open for learners tomorrow. The week will be used primarily for the orientation of learners into the new Covid-19 safety and learning environment" External link

news24 Monday, June 1, 2020 10:14:00 AM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : "Following the national minister’s earlier announcements, we have pulled out all the stops as a province to ensure that we are ready for the arrival of learners tomorrow. Principals and staff have worked tirelessly to get all the health and safety requirements in place," External link

iol Monday, June 1, 2020 9:41:00 AM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : "Following the national minister’s earlier announcements, we have pulled out all the stops as a province to ensure that we are ready for the arrival of learners tomorrow. Principals and staff have worked tirelessly to get all the health and safety requirements in place," External link

iol Monday, June 1, 2020 2:47:00 AM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “Given these preparations, and the enormous effort put in by teachers and non-teaching staff alike, it would be unfair to delay all schools from reopening,” External link

dailymaverick Monday, June 1, 2020 1:44:00 AM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “Following the national minister’s earlier announcements, we have pulled out all the stops as a province to ensure that we are ready for the arrival of learners tomorrow. Principals and staff have worked tirelessly to get all the health and safety requirements in place” External link

citizen Sunday, May 31, 2020 10:08:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “Learners have already begun to arrive at school hostels today, and parents have made preparations to take their children to school tomorrow morning. School staff and WCED officials have been working around the clock to ensure that all plans are in place to receive those learners on time. :Given these preparations, and the enormous effort put in by teachers and non-teaching staff alike, it would be unfair to delay all schools from re-opening,” External link

citizen Sunday, May 31, 2020 10:08:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : "Following the national minister’s earlier announcements, we have pulled out all the stops as a province to ensure that we are ready for the arrival of learners tomorrow. Principals and staff have worked tirelessly to get all the health and safety requirements in place," External link

iol Sunday, May 31, 2020 9:35:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : "Given these preparations, and the enormous effort put in by teachers and non-teaching staff alike, it would be unfair to delay all schools from re-opening," External link

eyewitness-news Sunday, May 31, 2020 8:58:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : "They argue that the poor will be left behind. Well the reality is that the poor ARE being left behind now, as wealthier schools or parents have the means to continue online. Our schools are overwhelmingly ready, including schools that serve poor communities," External link

eyewitness-news Sunday, May 31, 2020 8:58:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “I was extremely impressed with what I saw. Whilst there is anxiety, the teachers were there preparing the classrooms, preparing the school, ensuring that the desks and chairs are spaced 1.5m apart from each other. At two of the schools the teachers were engaged in workshopping the documents that we had sent out as the Department, to ensure that they understood them, ask questions and think through how they were going to put them into operation. And I really want to thank the leadership of those schools for their proactive attitude, and for really stepping up and leading in a difficult environment” External link

africanewswire Thursday, May 28, 2020 9:16:00 AM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “Staff with these conditions will need to provide a medical report on the nature and duration of the illness. Appropriate work arrangements and/or potential leave may then be considered,” External link

iol Friday, May 22, 2020 5:07:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “Staff with these conditions will need to provide a medical report on the nature and duration of the illness. Appropriate work arrangements and/or potential leave may then be considered,” External link

the-star Thursday, May 21, 2020 8:59:00 AM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : "the contents of which will be received at schools by principals over the coming week" External link

irishsun Wednesday, May 20, 2020 11:31:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer added : "According to the NICD (National Institute for Communicable Diseases), the virus does not live longer than 72 hours on a surface, and is not airborne. Simply put, if there have been no people in the buildings, the virus cannot be there" External link

irishsun Wednesday, May 20, 2020 11:31:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : "An interim list of conditions that present a risk for staff and learners with comorbidities, such as hypertension, diabetes and TB, has been sent to schools. This list specifies in detail which conditions are regarded by health experts as high risk, and how they are measured. Principals and SMTs (senior management teams) will be compiling confidential lists of learners and staff with these conditions," "Parents whose children have comorbidities will be offered the opportunity to oversee their children's learning at home, with the support of the department over the next few months, or until restrictions are lifted. A letter will be sent to schools with a form for parents to sign, indicating their intention to keep their child at home and to oversee their learning" External link

irishsun Wednesday, May 20, 2020 11:31:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : "As grades are due to return in phases, there will be ample space for classes to be spread out to maintain the required 1.5m between learners for the first grades returning. The difficulty arises when more grades return to school, and space becomes a problem. One of the key tasks of our returning senior management teams is to develop plans to teach in a new way, while the appropriate physical distance is maintained," External link

irishsun Wednesday, May 20, 2020 11:31:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “Principals will also oversee the thorough cleaning of schools in preparation for school staff and learners to arrive. The cleaning materials being delivered to schools include bleach, which is recommended by both South African and international health authorities as the means to be used for disinfecting surfaces,” External link

citizen Wednesday, May 20, 2020 6:08:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “We do not plan to have ‘matric camps’ in the Western Cape, as per some media reports” External link

citizen Wednesday, May 20, 2020 6:08:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : "This nutritional support has been sorely missed," External link

iol Tuesday, May 19, 2020 10:20:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “We will only be in a position to comment in more detail after that. However, we will not be in a position to receive learners next week,” External link

iol Thursday, April 30, 2020 9:22:00 AM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “Second, we've issued detailed protocols to schools for the implementation of this essential work to ensure that social distancing is maintained and that our pupils and staff are kept safe,” External link

the-star Wednesday, April 15, 2020 11:17:00 AM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “Second, we've issued detailed protocols to schools for the implementation of this essential work to ensure that social distancing is maintained and that our pupils and staff are kept safe,” External link

iol Tuesday, April 14, 2020 8:59:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “We have had such an overwhelmingly positive response to our initiative, after weeks of requests from desperate communities, that I cannot understand how any organisation can be opposed to this,” External link

citizen Monday, April 13, 2020 7:57:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : "We have issued detailed protocols to schools for the implementation of this essential work to ensure that social distancing is maintained and that our learners and staff are kept safe. This morning I visited two schools where the protocols are in place, and have received a number of photos from across the province showing children quietly waiting a suitable distance apart for their food," External link

allafrica Thursday, April 9, 2020 12:31:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “The National School Nutrition Programme feeds approximately 483 000 of our poorer learners. We need to get to as many learners as possible during this very difficult time,” External link

citizen Sunday, April 5, 2020 11:46:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “There is currently one confirmed case of Covid-19 in the Western Cape. He is isolated. There is no need for panic. The Western Cape government, working with the national government, is monitoring the situation closely and will take the necessary preventative steps should the need arise. The WCED will keep schools informed of any developments that may affect them,” External link

iol Thursday, March 12, 2020 8:49:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “We do, however, urge all schools and families to practice the preventative measures publicised by the Western Cape health department, especially regular hand-washing, sneezing into your elbow or a tissue, and not shaking hands,” “Any suspected cases must be reported to the national hotline, or contact your health practitioner. If a school child is involved, please also report it to the Western Cape education department so that we can make a decision on the appropriate action” External link

iol Thursday, March 12, 2020 8:49:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “When 20% or more of a province’s entered candidates for the matric year do not write their exam, it is difficult to explain this away without considering that some of those learners may have been kept back on purpose. We have heard reports of this in some provinces,” External link

dailymaverick Wednesday, January 22, 2020 12:42:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “in general, I am very pleased with the performance of the Western Cape, especially given the difficulties that we are facing as a result of inadequate funding and safety concerns. I would like to congratulate all our learners, teachers and administrative staff, who have put in an immense effort” External link

dailymaverick Thursday, January 9, 2020 1:51:00 AM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “While celebrating all of the teachers considered for these awards, we know that you represent the tip of the iceberg. We know that the vast majority of around 33000 teachers out there are giving their best to serve the interests of every child in every classroom,” External link

iol Sunday, November 10, 2019 7:48:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “I’m advised that there was no evidence that such comments were made. But that issue was taken with some girls for not complying with the hair policy. Hair is required to be neat and tied up. The issue of afros has not been an issue until now. It has been referred to the SGB (school governing body) for review of the policy” External link

eyewitness-news Saturday, August 31, 2019 12:18:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said ( about Steve Hofmeyr ) : “Through our engagements with the district, we are informed that the school governing body was unaware that Steve Hofmeyer would be performing at the school when the contract was signed. We are also informed that the school governing body is seeking legal advice in terms of cancelling the contract” External link

citizen Friday, July 19, 2019 9:06:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “I am concerned that there are still over 85,000 applications where parents have not confirmed their place for 2020. This means the application was successful but the parent has not indicated their final choice on the system,” External link

citizen Monday, July 8, 2019 4:30:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “The third term of the academic year is one of the most important terms for our learners, educators and officials as it is one when important examinations and tests take place,” “It is also a time where our officials take on the mammoth task of ensuring that the department is prepared for the start of the 2020 academic year by finalising and processing last-minute admissions” External link

citizen Monday, July 8, 2019 4:30:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : "I am again appealing to the communities around our schools to report any suspicious activity to the police or our Safe Schools immediately. This action could save a life. Our Safe Schools Call Centre can be reached on 0800 45 46 47. I also urge anyone with information on Wednesday’s robbery to please contact the SAPS, so that the perpetrators can be arrested," External link

iol Thursday, June 6, 2019 6:04:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “Districts are providing skills training in alternative and restorative strategies to deal with learner discipline. Schools are encouraged to contact their district office should they be interested in receiving this training,” External link

iol Wednesday, June 5, 2019 4:29:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : "People have the right to protest peacefully but the violent nature of these recent actions is both concerning and unacceptable," External link

coastweek Thursday, April 25, 2019 8:32:00 AM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : "It is high time that people destroying the opportunities of others are held accountable for their thuggish behavior," External link

coastweek Thursday, April 25, 2019 8:32:00 AM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “I strongly condemn the violent action that has been taking place in areas of the city and that has led to concerning disruption of our schools” External link

iol Saturday, April 13, 2019 6:39:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : "People have the right to protest peacefully but the violent nature of these recent actions is both concerning and unacceptable," External link

xinhuanet_en Friday, April 12, 2019 7:27:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : "It is high time that people destroying the opportunities of others are held accountable for their thuggish behavior," External link

xinhuanet_en Friday, April 12, 2019 7:27:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : "But the reason, simply, is because we have no choice but to do both simultaneously. If we don’t, our young people are going to be at an even greater disadvantage than they are now," External link

iol Monday, March 25, 2019 5:57:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said ( about Province ) : "So we have developed the e-learning strategy into six streams, and refined the focus onto three of our top priorities in the department, namely teacher development, and improvements in maths and language," "The WCED is working to ensure that every school in the Province begins to feel the benefits and transformative nature of this exciting project" External link

iol Monday, March 25, 2019 5:57:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “We are therefore concerned for the safety of learners and educators when there are flare-ups in the community and the possibility of weapons being carried into schools. Safe and secure learning environments are essential if we are to ensure that quality education is delivered. It is imperative that our schools remain weapon and drug-free,” “The reality is that some learners do come to school in possession of dangerous objects and illegal drugs, despite the fact that our Western Cape provincial school education act clearly states that no person may bring these items onto the school premises at any time” External link

iol Thursday, February 28, 2019 6:23:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “This is of grave concern to me and it is for this reason that the WCED works with Saps to conduct random search and seizure operations at schools across the province,” “The possibility exists that learners in possession of dangerous objects or alcoholic liquor or illegal drugs on our school grounds may cause serious psychological damage or physiological injury to others. This directly contributes to the challenges of providing an education of progressively better quality for all learners” External link

iol Thursday, February 28, 2019 6:23:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “I believe that these guidelines help assist our principals and educators in carrying out such random search and seizures. By carrying out these practical steps as contained in the document, we are also ensuring that the learner’s rights are being protected at all times, as well as, keeping our schools safe” External link

iol Thursday, February 28, 2019 3:26:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer added : “The possibility exists that learners in possession of dangerous objects or alcoholic liquor or illegal drugs on our school grounds, may cause serious psychological damage or physiological injury to others. This directly contributes to the challenges of providing an education of progressively better quality for all learners” External link

iol Thursday, February 28, 2019 3:26:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : "This gives parents a whole month in which to prioritise their children’s applications for the 2020 school year. This generally applies to learners entering Grade R, Grade 1 and Grade 8," External link

iol Thursday, February 14, 2019 5:16:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “An investigation into the incident is also under way. The investigation will determine whether the learner will also face disciplinary action. Learners in the class have been asked to make a statement regarding the events that led up to the incident. There is further video evidence that has been edited out of the version being circulated,” “I am aware that some commentators on social media platforms are immediately assuming that the incident is race-related. While I understand their anger at the images displayed on the edited version of the video, we cannot assume that this was racially motivated. We ask that the public allow the SGB to investigate the incident before such conclusions are made” External link

dailymaverick Wednesday, February 6, 2019 4:39:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “Last year’s drought caused us to divert R300 million from our infrastructure budget to plan for continuation of schools in the event of Day Zero,” External link

dailymaverick Tuesday, February 5, 2019 3:14:00 AM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “The real matric pass rate factors in the retention rate‚” External link

businessday Saturday, January 5, 2019 10:07:00 AM EAT

Debbie Schäfer says : “We want to get more resources into poor schools, better educational outcomes and be open to deviation in traditional curriculum delivery,” External link

businessday Monday, December 17, 2018 11:30:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : "If there is no drastic action taken, we will be sitting in the same position next year," "The circular does not address the real problem, and that is that we simply do not have sufficient good maths teachers in South Africa" External link

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

Debbie Schäfer said : "The learners will not be victimised in any way for voicing their concerns. I am informed that the Circuit Manager provided the hostel learners with her mobile number and said they should contact her at any stage," External link

allafrica Tuesday, November 22, 2016 5:37:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : "It is the intention of the [department] to ensure that the examination process is equal and fair, therefore strict security arrangements are necessary to ensure the integrity of the examinations," External link

thetimes-za Tuesday, October 11, 2016 9:27:00 AM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “Last week, I called on all schools in the Western Cape to review their codes of conduct to ensure that they are in line with the values of the constitution and representative of the school community,” External link

iol Thursday, September 8, 2016 8:25:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “The circular serves to remind schools to review codes of conduct periodically to ensure that they achieve their purpose in line with the constitution, while taking into account ongoing discussions on what codes of conduct should require,” External link

iol Thursday, September 8, 2016 8:25:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “We have asked schools to suggest amendments to the DBE’s guideline, as the WCED continues to improve its approach to drafting codes of conduct. I believe that this process can be conducted in a transparent and participatory way, without disruption to teaching, learning time, or violence,” External link

iol Thursday, September 8, 2016 8:25:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer added : “It is important that all schools ensure that their codes of conduct represent the inclusive society in which we live, however, it is important that there is a healthy balance between school discipline and behaviour and individual rights,” External link

iol Thursday, September 8, 2016 8:25:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer explained : “The trial examinations are extremely important for our matric learners and form an essential part of their preparation ahead of the 2016 National Senior Certificate examinations. Learners use the results of these exams to determine which areas they need to concentrate on ahead of the NSC,” External link

iol Monday, September 5, 2016 9:57:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “This in turn depends on how you plan your time, how hard you study, and that you stay focused, positive and healthy,” External link

iol Monday, September 5, 2016 9:57:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “The matric class of 2016 is entering one the most challenging and arguably most important times of their lives, the build up to their final examinations. I therefore would like to thank all educators, family members and care givers for their support thus far. We trust that you will continue supporting our Grade 12s until the final examination,” External link

iol Monday, September 5, 2016 9:57:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “So we are wanting to provide for intervention facilities to be an option instead of expulsion so the governing body can recommend that as an alternative punishment,” External link

iol Thursday, August 25, 2016 11:13:00 AM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “It (the evaluation authority) will be as independent as possible. We don’t have all the details yet. We are still working on the model. The assessments of schools will be published for people to see and compare performances of different schools with the intention that it will drive improvement,” External link

iol Thursday, August 25, 2016 11:13:00 AM EAT



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