Debbie Schäfer

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Debbie Schäfer said : "It seems like it's difficult for people to understand how complex the system is in education. You don't make a plan in a year and it's in effect. You don't build a school in a year, you don't plan a school in a year," External link

eyewitness-news Thursday, January 20, 2022 3:29:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : "It is clear that the risks to the future of our youth are far greater than the risks posed by COVID-19. The pandemic has changed over the last two years and we must now return to a state of normality. Depriving our children the opportunity to attend school full time in the current circumstances is no longer justified and in order to avoid a generational catastrophe we call on the Department of Basic Education and Cooperative Governance to amend the regulations accordingly," External link

eyewitness-news Monday, January 17, 2022 11:46:00 AM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : "Another highlight was having over 47,000 staff members vaccinated during June and July. I urge anyone who has not yet been vaccinated to do so as soon as possible. As always I appeal to everyone to continue to follow the golden rules to keep themselves and their loved ones safe over the holiday season. While I understand everyone wants to relax and let their hair down, COVID-19 is not going on holiday," External link

eyewitness-news Wednesday, December 15, 2021 1:18:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “We have, unfortunately, had to continue rotating timetables for the year due to the COVID-19 pandemic and it will take us a lot of years to recover from the resulting losses” External link

eyewitness-news Tuesday, December 14, 2021 9:29:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “The performance of our 2020 matrics, the smooth running of the 2021 matric exams and our achievements at the National Teachers’ Awards. We also had 47,000 staff members vaccinated between June and July as part of the vaccine rollout in the education sector in our province,” External link

eyewitness-news Tuesday, December 14, 2021 9:29:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “I have been particularly struck by the resilience of our pupils, despite the changing learning environment and despite the personal tragedies that so many have experienced as a result of the pandemic. We need to recognise this impact, and also provide an opportunity for pupils to express how they are feeling about it, to help them to heal from the mental and emotional trauma it has caused them,” External link

iol Wednesday, November 3, 2021 4:58:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : "I am... extremely disappointed by the move to stage 4 load shedding just as we begin the exam session. This is a total disgrace," "Our learners have gone through so much with Covid-19, and now they have to worry about this on top of trying to study for their matric exams," External link

news24 Wednesday, October 27, 2021 6:11:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : "We look forward to celebrating your results with you in January. I also just want to say to each one of you - just do your best. While this is an important exam, there are options if you don't do as well as you hoped" External link

news24 Wednesday, October 27, 2021 7:22:00 AM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “So please, politicians, community groups and commercial organisations, I appeal to you to put the interests of our children first over the next two months. This is the first matric class to have spent their entire Grade 12 year in pandemic conditions. They have been through enough. We owe it to them to make sure that they have the best possible chance of succeeding in these exams and completing their school career,” External link

iol Tuesday, October 19, 2021 12:45:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “I do not sign leases, the lease that has been signed is cheaper than the former accommodation for our department officials, and for much better quality premises. We provide the best support we can as regards safety, and he (Sayed) needs to explain how we provide extra facilities and support without money, as the ANC has wasted and stolen so much of it, which is causing immense pressure on us as a provincial government” External link

iol Friday, October 15, 2021 11:35:00 AM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “There are also matrics who went independently to get the vaccine, of their own accord, or by their schools’ own initiative, or as the national rollout is now open to all those aged 18 and over,” External link

iol Saturday, October 9, 2021 2:00:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “I urge all our staff to participate to assist in making our schools safer and getting back to some semblance of normality,” External link

citizen Sunday, June 20, 2021 2:02:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “On the 9th of June, our head of department wrote to all schools advising them of the vaccination plan, including a circular on the preparations for the rollout,” External link

citizen Sunday, June 20, 2021 2:02:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : "I urge all our staff to participate to assist in making our schools safer and getting back to some semblance of normality," External link

news24 Sunday, June 20, 2021 9:30:00 AM EAT

Debbie Schäfer explained : “Over 20,000 places at school will be made available and we appeal to parents to understand that this is not yet over” External link

eyewitness-news Thursday, June 3, 2021 5:45:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : "The recent National Income Dynamics Study – Coronavirus Rapid Mobile Survey (NIDS-CRAM) report outlined significant learning losses – the consequences of such losses will be felt for many years to come," External link

iol Monday, May 31, 2021 8:24:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “Unfortunately, it is playing politics with the important issue of education, which will mean that more of our already scarce resources will have to be spent on legal fees, instead of improving education which is what we are trying to do,” External link

iol Friday, May 28, 2021 5:18:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “I wish all of these candidates the very best and urge communities not to disrupt the exams in any way,” “Everyone deserves the opportunity to write their exams in the best possible circumstances, and disruptions will only harm the candidates themselves,” External link

citizen Friday, May 28, 2021 12:46:00 AM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : "I wish all of these candidates the very best and urge communities not to disrupt the exams in any way," "Everyone deserves the opportunity to write their exams in the best possible circumstances, and disruptions will only harm the candidates themselves," External link

news24 Thursday, May 27, 2021 8:26:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : "Unfortunately, despite this agreement, it seems that a number of individuals are willing to continue to exploit children by demanding that this illegal school be recognised," External link

news24 Tuesday, May 11, 2021 6:59:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : "I suggest that Eusa looks very closely at the research into learning losses in the last year, as well as the health data internationally on schools" External link

iol Tuesday, May 11, 2021 5:39:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : "There are further concerns – a 30-year-old 'learner' appears on the list, for whom the parents allegedly applied to a primary school. A 6-year-old is listed as needing a place in Grade 5. One child is 4 years old – not even of school-going age," External link

iol Friday, April 30, 2021 6:27:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “The plan would not be possible without additional funding. This has been the main thorn in our side with regards to additional infrastructure and teachers. We have had to reprioritise existing funding for this, and this means our future budget allocations will be negatively affected, as well as our current long-term plans,” External link

sanews Friday, April 23, 2021 3:54:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “At this stage, we will have to plan very carefully to place those who have applied for space for 2022 given the constraints of our budget. Late applications and sudden growth in certain areas hinder this process, and parents should not wait until the start of the next school year before trying to find a place for their children,” External link

iol Thursday, April 22, 2021 6:48:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “The circulation of such comments is very disturbing, and the responsible individuals must be held accountable. ’’We have also specifically asked schools to ensure that they include social media policies in their codes of conduct, and will be monitoring during the second term whether this has been done,” External link

iol Wednesday, April 21, 2021 1:58:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : "The list that has now been provided does not appear to be the same as the list of 210 names we had been given previously, which I referred to in my statement and confirmed could all be offered places. We are now verifying and cross-checking this additional list, so we can contact the parents to arrange placement," External link

iol Monday, April 19, 2021 8:38:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : "We urge the parents of those learners to contact their district to take up the placement offers. We are working hard to place the remaining learners in our province that are still not placed," External link

iol Thursday, April 15, 2021 6:32:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “This is not because of a lack of planning or effort on the part of the WCED. We have warned for years of the pressure that we are under, and have not received the necessary funding to address it. We are nonetheless doing everything we can to try and accommodate the increase this year as best we can. We have been able to appoint some additional teachers in areas where demand for places is growing quickly, which allowed us to place over 1 000 learners in the past week” External link

iol Tuesday, April 13, 2021 5:23:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : "I have no doubt that he will continue to make a contribution to our cause of delivering quality education to every learner in our province, or wherever else he has the opportunity," External link

iol Thursday, April 1, 2021 8:33:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “We gave them the same answers we have given all along: we do not have the budget to cope with the increased demand for places,” External link

iol Wednesday, March 31, 2021 7:32:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : "The district office has dispatched a team to offer psycho-social support to any learners or staff members who saw the body. Learners were dismissed from school early while the police attended the scene," External link

iol Wednesday, March 31, 2021 6:23:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “children are learning under trees by choice as they were offered places” External link

iol Wednesday, March 31, 2021 4:39:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “All parents and legal guardians are also able to stand for election, with some exceptions, if they have been legally declared unsuitable to work with children,” External link

iol Thursday, March 18, 2021 11:35:00 AM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : "I know some are disappointed that they cannot be here physically, and I completely understand and empathise. “I am grateful for small mercies, though, that we could at least have 100 people here instead of the 50 we were allowed a week and a half ago," External link

iol Tuesday, March 9, 2021 2:24:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : "A number of our learners received top achievers’ awards from the Department of Basic Education (DBE) when the national minister announced the results two weeks ago," External link

iol Tuesday, March 9, 2021 2:24:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “The only relationship with the company that I am aware of, is as a supplier of goods. They are registered on the National Treasury’s supplier database, and were awarded a contract via a competitive bidding process” External link

iol Friday, March 5, 2021 2:02:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “The AG concluded that there were some findings of irregularities and internal control deficiencies in respect of the supply of PPE. No remedial action was needed since no official contravened any rules” External link

iol Friday, March 5, 2021 2:02:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : "While all provinces saw their pass rates decline - an understandable outcome during a pandemic that severely disrupted schooling around the world - I am pleased to report that our pass rate has suffered the least of any of the provinces. " External link

news24 Tuesday, February 23, 2021 9:48:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : "I am pleased to report that our pass rate has suffered the least of any of the provinces. Our pass rate declined by 2.4% compared to last year, to 79.9%. This impact is lower than the average national decrease of 5.1%, and the lowest decline of any of the provinces," External link

iol Tuesday, February 23, 2021 11:02:00 AM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “Throughout 2020, it has not been easy to determine the real impact of Covid-19 on the Class of 2020 with regards to the retention of learners in the system. Despite many negative predictions, I was pleased to see that the effects were not as bad as some have reported in the Western Cape,” External link

iol Monday, February 22, 2021 7:23:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : "I really look forward to seeing what you are going to do in South Africa to help drive the climate change agenda, and I am exceptionally proud that you are from the Western Cape and from one of our schools," External link

news24 Tuesday, February 16, 2021 7:42:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “While in Antarctica, the students will do experiments and go on an overnight adventure camp. I have no doubt that the five matrics will learn valuable lessons not only about Antarctica and the scientific research being undertaken there, but also in personal development and character-building,” “I spoke to Ayakhe yesterday to wish her well. She is very excited and I hope to engage with her on her return to find out about her experiences” External link

iol Wednesday, January 27, 2021 6:00:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “I am pleased to report that the SAPS has already made an arrest and recovered 18 cans,” External link

iol Friday, January 22, 2021 6:08:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “The invitation was also posted on the parent organiser’s Facebook page, so was open to people outside Brackenfell High as well. As a result, there were 42 learners from Brackenfell High School and 30 from other surrounding schools who attended,” External link

citizen Monday, December 14, 2020 10:32:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “A separate WhatsApp group was started for those who had replied that they wished to attend. This would explain the allegations of some who claim to have been excluded from a WhatsApp group,” External link

citizen Monday, December 14, 2020 10:32:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “According to the report, both the head girl and head boy were invited, but did not attend, as they had other plans on that day and were organising their own farewell functions,” External link

citizen Monday, December 14, 2020 10:32:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : "The invitation was also posted on the parent organiser's Facebook page, so was open to people outside Brackenfell High as well. As a result, there were 42 learners from Brackenfell High School and 30 from other surrounding schools who attended," External link

news24 Monday, December 14, 2020 4:51:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : "A separate WhatsApp group was started for those who had replied that they wished to attend. This would explain the allegations of some who claim to have been excluded from a WhatsApp group," External link

news24 Monday, December 14, 2020 4:51:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : "According to the report, both the head girl and head boy were invited, but did not attend, as they had other plans on that day and were organising their own farewell functions," External link

news24 Monday, December 14, 2020 4:51:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “It is thus clear this was a private event that was organised by parents of learners, who were disappointed the formal school farewell had been cancelled,” External link

iol Thursday, December 10, 2020 6:29:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “I welcome the cancellation of the commercially organised Plett Rage festival, given the number of cases on the Garden Route and the fact that it is clear that people are unable or unwilling to act responsibly, since we have seen that other matric rage events now constitute super-spreader events,” External link

iol Thursday, December 10, 2020 5:23:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “The fact that people from other schools attended, shows that it was not a ’school event’. It was not held on school property, as has been widely reported, despite repeated corrections,” External link

iol Thursday, December 10, 2020 2:15:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “It would not be appropriate to release the report itself, given the need to protect third party, confidential or sensitive information contained in the document. People may submit a PAIA (Promotion of Access to Information Act 2 of 2000) application, which would enable us to deal appropriately with such information, as well as obtain any necessary consent to release it,” External link

iol Thursday, December 10, 2020 2:15:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “For Grade 5 pupils, our province achieved a score of 441 for mathematics, 67 points above the national average and 31 points above Gauteng in second place,” “For science, the score was 415, which is an incredible 91 points above the national average and 36 points above Gauteng” External link

iol Tuesday, December 8, 2020 8:21:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “This is a testament to the excellent work that the department and our schools have done to continuously improve education standards across the province,” “We now set our sights on achieving the TIMSS centre point score of 500. I have no doubt that the incredible officials, school staff and learners across our province can achieve this” External link

iol Tuesday, December 8, 2020 8:21:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “The WCED remains committed to inclusivity and a celebration of diversity. We are also concerned though that people use events to mobilise racial tensions without ascertaining the facts” External link

eyewitness-news Tuesday, December 8, 2020 12:53:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “It is clear that this was a private event organised by parents of learners, who were disappointed that the formal school farewell had been cancelled,” External link

iol Tuesday, December 8, 2020 12:17:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “Four teachers were invited in their personal capacities, as they had close personal links to the organising parent. The school was aware that the event was happening, but the school and organisers regarded it as a private event. It was thus not necessary to seek approval of the principal or the SGB. Supervision at the event was strictly maintained by parents only,” External link

iol Tuesday, December 8, 2020 9:36:00 AM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “There was no evidence that people were excluded based on their race and also no grounds to take action against teachers who attended the private event,” External link

dailymaverick Tuesday, December 8, 2020 1:21:00 AM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “It is thus clear that this was a private event that was organised by parents of learners who were disappointed that the formal school farewell had been cancelled. "The fact that people from other schools attended shows that it was not a ‘school event’. It was not held on school property, as has been widely reported, despite repeated corrections,” External link

eyewitness-news Monday, December 7, 2020 11:59:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “This is a dangerous practice that is more likely to exacerbate racial tension than break down barriers,” External link

iol Monday, December 7, 2020 4:46:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “It specified that it was limited to 100 people, after the venue advised that they could increase the number of attendees from 50 to 100 as a result of the relaxation of Covid-19 regulations,” External link

iol Monday, December 7, 2020 2:49:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “A separate WhatsApp group was started for those who had replied that they wished to attend. This would explain the allegations of some who claim to have been excluded from a WhatsApp group,” External link

iol Monday, December 7, 2020 2:49:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : "On 11 September, the school sent a letter to parents, advising them that the school's matric farewell had been cancelled because of an instruction from the education department," "Subsequently, a parent of one of the learners then decided to arrange a function for her daughter and some of her friends, as she wanted to do something special for her, following the cancellation of the school's farewell" External link

news24 Monday, December 7, 2020 2:25:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : "I have seen the invitation, and there is no reference to the school at all," "It specified that it was limited to 100 people, after [representatives of] the venue advised that they could increase the number of attendees from 50 to 100 as a result of the relaxation of Covid regulations" External link

news24 Monday, December 7, 2020 2:25:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “It is very clear that the EFF is not interested in discussing and resolving their concerns. Their only intent is to intimidate and disrupt schooling” External link

iol Friday, November 20, 2020 9:51:00 AM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “We are in contact with the school, the South African Police Service (SAPS), and the city’s law enforcement services to ensure that order is maintained and our learners and staff are safe. There is also private security to ensure that no harm comes to the school or its learners,” External link

eyewitness-news Thursday, November 19, 2020 8:46:00 AM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “This is clearly an attempt to intimidate the school and is infringing on the rights of the learners who are writing exams,” “Our learners have been subjected to unprecedented events this year and anxiety and stress levels are high — this behaviour is going to add to that pressure” External link

dailymaverick Thursday, November 19, 2020 4:10:00 AM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “we expect the SAPS to make arrests immediately” External link

dailymaverick Thursday, November 19, 2020 4:10:00 AM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “The EFF desperately wants a confrontation outside the school. Do not give in to their tactics. SAPS and other law enforcement authorities are making extensive preparations,” External link

iol Wednesday, November 18, 2020 10:46:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said ( about Lieutenant General ) : “It is very clear that the EFF is not interested in discussing and resolving their concerns. Their only intent is to intimidate and disrupt schooling, adding more anxiety to our learners who have had an extremely difficult year,” “We are aware that EFF leaders have been making repeated threats of violence on both social media and radio. ’’The police are aware of these and are investigating them, according to a meeting I had with (Western Cape police commissioner) Lieutenant-General (Yolisa) Matakata this morning” External link

iol Wednesday, November 18, 2020 7:28:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “Our learners have been subjected to unprecedented events this year and anxiety and stress levels are high,” External link

iol Wednesday, November 18, 2020 11:25:00 AM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “Our learners have been subjected to unprecedented events this year and anxiety and stress levels are high,” External link

the-star Wednesday, November 18, 2020 10:34:00 AM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “We are in contact with the school, the South African Police Service (SAPS), and the city’s law enforcement services to ensure that order is maintained and our learners and staff are safe. There is also private security to ensure that no harm comes to the school or its learners,” External link

eyewitness-news Wednesday, November 18, 2020 4:13:00 AM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “Our learners have been subjected to unprecedented events this year and anxiety and stress levels are high. This behaviour is going to add to that pressure,” External link

iol Tuesday, November 17, 2020 5:45:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “Arrangements have been made to ensure that the matrics writing Physical Sciences (Physics) Paper 1 on Friday morning can do so without disruption. All Grade 8 to 11 exams will be rescheduled, but the school will remain open and classes for learners will continue,” External link

iol Tuesday, November 17, 2020 5:45:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “It is important that legitimate concerns of people at the school, particularly people of colour, are addressed. The school has committed to doing so, long before this recent incident.,” External link

iol Tuesday, November 17, 2020 5:45:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “We are not going to allow schools to be shut down by people who have a different view of things, that is not how we operate” External link

iol Tuesday, November 10, 2020 3:01:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “The WCED cannot and will not take action against educators who were invited as guests and attended a private event, which they did not organise, and had no prior knowledge of the attendees,” External link

citizen Tuesday, November 10, 2020 12:06:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer added : “It was not supported, funded or endorsed by the school in any way,” External link

citizen Tuesday, November 10, 2020 12:06:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : "The Western Cape Education Department cannot and will not take action against educators who were invited as guests and attended a private event, which they did not organise, and had no prior knowledge of the attendees. We are also not in the business of prescribing who people must invite to private events outside of school property," External link

eyewitness-news Tuesday, November 10, 2020 10:23:00 AM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : "The WCED cannot and will not take action against educators who were invited as guests and attended a private event, which they did not organise, and had no prior knowledge of the attendees," External link

news24 Tuesday, November 10, 2020 8:00:00 AM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “Violence is also not the solution to solving disagreements. I urge all parties to engage with one another in a responsible and adult manner, and for SAPS to ensure that our learners are protected from this kind of violence,” External link

thezimbabwemail Tuesday, November 10, 2020 3:45:00 AM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “Violence is also not the solution to solving disagreements. I urge all parties to engage with one another in a responsible and adult manner, and for SAPS to ensure that our learners are protected from this kind of violence,” External link

iol Monday, November 9, 2020 9:04:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “Violence is also not the solution to solving disagreements. I urge all parties to engage with one another in a responsible and adult manner, and for SAPS to ensure that our learners are protected from this kind of violence,” External link

iol Monday, November 9, 2020 5:08:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “Our matrics are already going to have to cope with some unusual safety measures because of Covid-19, and will understandably be nervous… We cannot afford to cause them any additional anxiety,” External link

iol Thursday, November 5, 2020 10:18:00 AM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “Of candidates writing this month, 54 741 are full-time matric learners. 10 544 part-time/repeat candidates, and 19 286 May/June senior certificate candidates will write in this session, as well as 10 856 learners who were due to write supplementary exams this year following the 2019 NSC exams,” External link

iol Monday, November 2, 2020 2:47:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “The reason for this increase was that the May/June 2020 exam session could not take place because of the COVID-19 pandemic and was instead combined with the November session. Administering exams is difficult even in the ordinary year without the added complications of the combined session amidst a global pandemic” External link

eyewitness-news Sunday, November 1, 2020 6:15:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “Today marks 10 days before the main matric exams begin. Ten days is also the minimum amount of time that someone who has been in close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case needs to quarantine,” External link

eyewitness-news Monday, October 26, 2020 5:50:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “They are at risk from predators, bullying and fraud. The decision to bring in this curriculum was the right one,” External link

iol Sunday, October 25, 2020 6:14:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “Our matrics have been through enough this year – it is not fair to cause them more anxiety with blackouts,” External link

iol Tuesday, October 20, 2020 2:20:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “We also have standard procedures in place in case of computer breakdowns during an exam,” External link

iol Tuesday, October 20, 2020 2:20:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “The school has three classrooms, which can accommodate 120 learners. In terms of the regulations, this school is classified as a micro-primary school, which has a capacity of less than 135 learners, and the present enrolment is significantly less,” External link

iol Monday, October 19, 2020 7:55:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “One of the many evils of apartheid was the classification of people by their so-called race. This was what many people have fought to rid our country of. So, I am understandably shocked to discover that my department is apparently charging someone because of how they choose to classify themselves. If this is in fact the case, it is anathema to me. And we will not tolerate victimisation of people who do not conform to an artificial and arbitrary classification of who they are deemed to be,” External link

eyewitness-news Thursday, October 15, 2020 1:38:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “This year has certainly been a tumultuous year for our Grade 12 learners and their teachers. Despite the disruptive school year, they have shown true grit and determination. They have shown how resilient they are and I am extremely proud of them,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Tuesday, October 6, 2020 2:49:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “Learners took the initiative and began self-learning at home, and the use of alternative resources for learning and revision, through our e-portal and website, increased significantly,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Tuesday, October 6, 2020 2:49:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “Learners took the initiative and began self-learning at home, and the use of alternative resources for learning and revision, through our e-portal and website, increased significantly,” External link

sanews Tuesday, October 6, 2020 12:39:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : "This choice will change their life and the life of those around them. Hence the campaign line – You will thank yourself later!" External link

iol Sunday, October 4, 2020 1:39:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : "Past experience has shown that some learners become despondent at the end of the year, following their 'Trial Exams', and may make the decision to drop out. Their future self is telling them to make the right choice – to finish their matric year. I know I certainly have 'thanked myself for it' years later. Let us all continue to support, encourage, and motivate the Class of 2020," External link

iol Sunday, October 4, 2020 1:39:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “Ms Mfubesi’s death came as a great shock and is a profound loss to her family, school community and the WCED, and members of the public are urged to come forward to assist in bringing the perpetrators to justice. All information provided and received will be treated confidentially,” External link

iol Wednesday, September 30, 2020 12:35:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : "This has been a year when the value and leadership of our principals and teachers has really come to the fore as they handled the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on their schools. To lose one of them in this manner is heartbreaking," External link

news24 Saturday, September 19, 2020 7:16:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “I am shocked and saddened by news that we have lost one of our principals to a senseless act of violence,” External link

iol Saturday, September 19, 2020 12:00:00 AM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “Matrics should use this as an excellent opportunity to see what areas they need to put special effort into revising before the final exams,” External link

eyewitness-news Thursday, September 17, 2020 2:56:00 PM EAT

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 said : "It seems like it's difficult for people to understand how complex the system is in education. You don't make a plan in a year and it's in effect. You don't build a school in a year, you don't plan a school in a year," External link

eyewitness-news Thursday, January 20, 2022 3:29:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : "It is clear that the risks to the future of our youth are far greater than the risks posed by COVID-19. The pandemic has changed over the last two years and we must now return to a state of normality. Depriving our children the opportunity to attend school full time in the current circumstances is no longer justified and in order to avoid a generational catastrophe we call on the Department of Basic Education and Cooperative Governance to amend the regulations accordingly," External link

eyewitness-news Monday, January 17, 2022 11:46:00 AM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : "Another highlight was having over 47,000 staff members vaccinated during June and July. I urge anyone who has not yet been vaccinated to do so as soon as possible. As always I appeal to everyone to continue to follow the golden rules to keep themselves and their loved ones safe over the holiday season. While I understand everyone wants to relax and let their hair down, COVID-19 is not going on holiday," External link

eyewitness-news Wednesday, December 15, 2021 1:18:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “We have, unfortunately, had to continue rotating timetables for the year due to the COVID-19 pandemic and it will take us a lot of years to recover from the resulting losses” External link

eyewitness-news Tuesday, December 14, 2021 9:29:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “The performance of our 2020 matrics, the smooth running of the 2021 matric exams and our achievements at the National Teachers’ Awards. We also had 47,000 staff members vaccinated between June and July as part of the vaccine rollout in the education sector in our province,” External link

eyewitness-news Tuesday, December 14, 2021 9:29:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “I have been particularly struck by the resilience of our pupils, despite the changing learning environment and despite the personal tragedies that so many have experienced as a result of the pandemic. We need to recognise this impact, and also provide an opportunity for pupils to express how they are feeling about it, to help them to heal from the mental and emotional trauma it has caused them,” External link

iol Wednesday, November 3, 2021 4:58:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : "I am... extremely disappointed by the move to stage 4 load shedding just as we begin the exam session. This is a total disgrace," "Our learners have gone through so much with Covid-19, and now they have to worry about this on top of trying to study for their matric exams," External link

news24 Wednesday, October 27, 2021 6:11:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : "We look forward to celebrating your results with you in January. I also just want to say to each one of you - just do your best. While this is an important exam, there are options if you don't do as well as you hoped" External link

news24 Wednesday, October 27, 2021 7:22:00 AM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “So please, politicians, community groups and commercial organisations, I appeal to you to put the interests of our children first over the next two months. This is the first matric class to have spent their entire Grade 12 year in pandemic conditions. They have been through enough. We owe it to them to make sure that they have the best possible chance of succeeding in these exams and completing their school career,” External link

iol Tuesday, October 19, 2021 12:45:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “I do not sign leases, the lease that has been signed is cheaper than the former accommodation for our department officials, and for much better quality premises. We provide the best support we can as regards safety, and he (Sayed) needs to explain how we provide extra facilities and support without money, as the ANC has wasted and stolen so much of it, which is causing immense pressure on us as a provincial government” External link

iol Friday, October 15, 2021 11:35:00 AM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “There are also matrics who went independently to get the vaccine, of their own accord, or by their schools’ own initiative, or as the national rollout is now open to all those aged 18 and over,” External link

iol Saturday, October 9, 2021 2:00:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “I urge all our staff to participate to assist in making our schools safer and getting back to some semblance of normality,” External link

citizen Sunday, June 20, 2021 2:02:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “On the 9th of June, our head of department wrote to all schools advising them of the vaccination plan, including a circular on the preparations for the rollout,” External link

citizen Sunday, June 20, 2021 2:02:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : "I urge all our staff to participate to assist in making our schools safer and getting back to some semblance of normality," External link

news24 Sunday, June 20, 2021 9:30:00 AM EAT

Debbie Schäfer explained : “Over 20,000 places at school will be made available and we appeal to parents to understand that this is not yet over” External link

eyewitness-news Thursday, June 3, 2021 5:45:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : "The recent National Income Dynamics Study – Coronavirus Rapid Mobile Survey (NIDS-CRAM) report outlined significant learning losses – the consequences of such losses will be felt for many years to come," External link

iol Monday, May 31, 2021 8:24:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “Unfortunately, it is playing politics with the important issue of education, which will mean that more of our already scarce resources will have to be spent on legal fees, instead of improving education which is what we are trying to do,” External link

iol Friday, May 28, 2021 5:18:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “I wish all of these candidates the very best and urge communities not to disrupt the exams in any way,” “Everyone deserves the opportunity to write their exams in the best possible circumstances, and disruptions will only harm the candidates themselves,” External link

citizen Friday, May 28, 2021 12:46:00 AM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : "I wish all of these candidates the very best and urge communities not to disrupt the exams in any way," "Everyone deserves the opportunity to write their exams in the best possible circumstances, and disruptions will only harm the candidates themselves," External link

news24 Thursday, May 27, 2021 8:26:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : "Unfortunately, despite this agreement, it seems that a number of individuals are willing to continue to exploit children by demanding that this illegal school be recognised," External link

news24 Tuesday, May 11, 2021 6:59:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : "I suggest that Eusa looks very closely at the research into learning losses in the last year, as well as the health data internationally on schools" External link

iol Tuesday, May 11, 2021 5:39:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : "There are further concerns – a 30-year-old 'learner' appears on the list, for whom the parents allegedly applied to a primary school. A 6-year-old is listed as needing a place in Grade 5. One child is 4 years old – not even of school-going age," External link

iol Friday, April 30, 2021 6:27:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “The plan would not be possible without additional funding. This has been the main thorn in our side with regards to additional infrastructure and teachers. We have had to reprioritise existing funding for this, and this means our future budget allocations will be negatively affected, as well as our current long-term plans,” External link

sanews Friday, April 23, 2021 3:54:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “At this stage, we will have to plan very carefully to place those who have applied for space for 2022 given the constraints of our budget. Late applications and sudden growth in certain areas hinder this process, and parents should not wait until the start of the next school year before trying to find a place for their children,” External link

iol Thursday, April 22, 2021 6:48:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “The circulation of such comments is very disturbing, and the responsible individuals must be held accountable. ’’We have also specifically asked schools to ensure that they include social media policies in their codes of conduct, and will be monitoring during the second term whether this has been done,” External link

iol Wednesday, April 21, 2021 1:58:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : "The list that has now been provided does not appear to be the same as the list of 210 names we had been given previously, which I referred to in my statement and confirmed could all be offered places. We are now verifying and cross-checking this additional list, so we can contact the parents to arrange placement," External link

iol Monday, April 19, 2021 8:38:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : "We urge the parents of those learners to contact their district to take up the placement offers. We are working hard to place the remaining learners in our province that are still not placed," External link

iol Thursday, April 15, 2021 6:32:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “This is not because of a lack of planning or effort on the part of the WCED. We have warned for years of the pressure that we are under, and have not received the necessary funding to address it. We are nonetheless doing everything we can to try and accommodate the increase this year as best we can. We have been able to appoint some additional teachers in areas where demand for places is growing quickly, which allowed us to place over 1 000 learners in the past week” External link

iol Tuesday, April 13, 2021 5:23:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : "I have no doubt that he will continue to make a contribution to our cause of delivering quality education to every learner in our province, or wherever else he has the opportunity," External link

iol Thursday, April 1, 2021 8:33:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “We gave them the same answers we have given all along: we do not have the budget to cope with the increased demand for places,” External link

iol Wednesday, March 31, 2021 7:32:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : "The district office has dispatched a team to offer psycho-social support to any learners or staff members who saw the body. Learners were dismissed from school early while the police attended the scene," External link

iol Wednesday, March 31, 2021 6:23:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “children are learning under trees by choice as they were offered places” External link

iol Wednesday, March 31, 2021 4:39:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “All parents and legal guardians are also able to stand for election, with some exceptions, if they have been legally declared unsuitable to work with children,” External link

iol Thursday, March 18, 2021 11:35:00 AM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : "I know some are disappointed that they cannot be here physically, and I completely understand and empathise. “I am grateful for small mercies, though, that we could at least have 100 people here instead of the 50 we were allowed a week and a half ago," External link

iol Tuesday, March 9, 2021 2:24:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : "A number of our learners received top achievers’ awards from the Department of Basic Education (DBE) when the national minister announced the results two weeks ago," External link

iol Tuesday, March 9, 2021 2:24:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “The only relationship with the company that I am aware of, is as a supplier of goods. They are registered on the National Treasury’s supplier database, and were awarded a contract via a competitive bidding process” External link

iol Friday, March 5, 2021 2:02:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “The AG concluded that there were some findings of irregularities and internal control deficiencies in respect of the supply of PPE. No remedial action was needed since no official contravened any rules” External link

iol Friday, March 5, 2021 2:02:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : "While all provinces saw their pass rates decline - an understandable outcome during a pandemic that severely disrupted schooling around the world - I am pleased to report that our pass rate has suffered the least of any of the provinces. " External link

news24 Tuesday, February 23, 2021 9:48:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : "I am pleased to report that our pass rate has suffered the least of any of the provinces. Our pass rate declined by 2.4% compared to last year, to 79.9%. This impact is lower than the average national decrease of 5.1%, and the lowest decline of any of the provinces," External link

iol Tuesday, February 23, 2021 11:02:00 AM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “Throughout 2020, it has not been easy to determine the real impact of Covid-19 on the Class of 2020 with regards to the retention of learners in the system. Despite many negative predictions, I was pleased to see that the effects were not as bad as some have reported in the Western Cape,” External link

iol Monday, February 22, 2021 7:23:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : "I really look forward to seeing what you are going to do in South Africa to help drive the climate change agenda, and I am exceptionally proud that you are from the Western Cape and from one of our schools," External link

news24 Tuesday, February 16, 2021 7:42:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “While in Antarctica, the students will do experiments and go on an overnight adventure camp. I have no doubt that the five matrics will learn valuable lessons not only about Antarctica and the scientific research being undertaken there, but also in personal development and character-building,” “I spoke to Ayakhe yesterday to wish her well. She is very excited and I hope to engage with her on her return to find out about her experiences” External link

iol Wednesday, January 27, 2021 6:00:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “I am pleased to report that the SAPS has already made an arrest and recovered 18 cans,” External link

iol Friday, January 22, 2021 6:08:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “The invitation was also posted on the parent organiser’s Facebook page, so was open to people outside Brackenfell High as well. As a result, there were 42 learners from Brackenfell High School and 30 from other surrounding schools who attended,” External link

citizen Monday, December 14, 2020 10:32:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “A separate WhatsApp group was started for those who had replied that they wished to attend. This would explain the allegations of some who claim to have been excluded from a WhatsApp group,” External link

citizen Monday, December 14, 2020 10:32:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “According to the report, both the head girl and head boy were invited, but did not attend, as they had other plans on that day and were organising their own farewell functions,” External link

citizen Monday, December 14, 2020 10:32:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : "The invitation was also posted on the parent organiser's Facebook page, so was open to people outside Brackenfell High as well. As a result, there were 42 learners from Brackenfell High School and 30 from other surrounding schools who attended," External link

news24 Monday, December 14, 2020 4:51:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : "A separate WhatsApp group was started for those who had replied that they wished to attend. This would explain the allegations of some who claim to have been excluded from a WhatsApp group," External link

news24 Monday, December 14, 2020 4:51:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : "According to the report, both the head girl and head boy were invited, but did not attend, as they had other plans on that day and were organising their own farewell functions," External link

news24 Monday, December 14, 2020 4:51:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “It is thus clear this was a private event that was organised by parents of learners, who were disappointed the formal school farewell had been cancelled,” External link

iol Thursday, December 10, 2020 6:29:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “I welcome the cancellation of the commercially organised Plett Rage festival, given the number of cases on the Garden Route and the fact that it is clear that people are unable or unwilling to act responsibly, since we have seen that other matric rage events now constitute super-spreader events,” External link

iol Thursday, December 10, 2020 5:23:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “The fact that people from other schools attended, shows that it was not a ’school event’. It was not held on school property, as has been widely reported, despite repeated corrections,” External link

iol Thursday, December 10, 2020 2:15:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “It would not be appropriate to release the report itself, given the need to protect third party, confidential or sensitive information contained in the document. People may submit a PAIA (Promotion of Access to Information Act 2 of 2000) application, which would enable us to deal appropriately with such information, as well as obtain any necessary consent to release it,” External link

iol Thursday, December 10, 2020 2:15:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “For Grade 5 pupils, our province achieved a score of 441 for mathematics, 67 points above the national average and 31 points above Gauteng in second place,” “For science, the score was 415, which is an incredible 91 points above the national average and 36 points above Gauteng” External link

iol Tuesday, December 8, 2020 8:21:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “This is a testament to the excellent work that the department and our schools have done to continuously improve education standards across the province,” “We now set our sights on achieving the TIMSS centre point score of 500. I have no doubt that the incredible officials, school staff and learners across our province can achieve this” External link

iol Tuesday, December 8, 2020 8:21:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “The WCED remains committed to inclusivity and a celebration of diversity. We are also concerned though that people use events to mobilise racial tensions without ascertaining the facts” External link

eyewitness-news Tuesday, December 8, 2020 12:53:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “It is clear that this was a private event organised by parents of learners, who were disappointed that the formal school farewell had been cancelled,” External link

iol Tuesday, December 8, 2020 12:17:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “Four teachers were invited in their personal capacities, as they had close personal links to the organising parent. The school was aware that the event was happening, but the school and organisers regarded it as a private event. It was thus not necessary to seek approval of the principal or the SGB. Supervision at the event was strictly maintained by parents only,” External link

iol Tuesday, December 8, 2020 9:36:00 AM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “There was no evidence that people were excluded based on their race and also no grounds to take action against teachers who attended the private event,” External link

dailymaverick Tuesday, December 8, 2020 1:21:00 AM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “It is thus clear that this was a private event that was organised by parents of learners who were disappointed that the formal school farewell had been cancelled. "The fact that people from other schools attended shows that it was not a ‘school event’. It was not held on school property, as has been widely reported, despite repeated corrections,” External link

eyewitness-news Monday, December 7, 2020 11:59:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “This is a dangerous practice that is more likely to exacerbate racial tension than break down barriers,” External link

iol Monday, December 7, 2020 4:46:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “It specified that it was limited to 100 people, after the venue advised that they could increase the number of attendees from 50 to 100 as a result of the relaxation of Covid-19 regulations,” External link

iol Monday, December 7, 2020 2:49:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “A separate WhatsApp group was started for those who had replied that they wished to attend. This would explain the allegations of some who claim to have been excluded from a WhatsApp group,” External link

iol Monday, December 7, 2020 2:49:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : "On 11 September, the school sent a letter to parents, advising them that the school's matric farewell had been cancelled because of an instruction from the education department," "Subsequently, a parent of one of the learners then decided to arrange a function for her daughter and some of her friends, as she wanted to do something special for her, following the cancellation of the school's farewell" External link

news24 Monday, December 7, 2020 2:25:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : "I have seen the invitation, and there is no reference to the school at all," "It specified that it was limited to 100 people, after [representatives of] the venue advised that they could increase the number of attendees from 50 to 100 as a result of the relaxation of Covid regulations" External link

news24 Monday, December 7, 2020 2:25:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “It is very clear that the EFF is not interested in discussing and resolving their concerns. Their only intent is to intimidate and disrupt schooling” External link

iol Friday, November 20, 2020 9:51:00 AM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “We are in contact with the school, the South African Police Service (SAPS), and the city’s law enforcement services to ensure that order is maintained and our learners and staff are safe. There is also private security to ensure that no harm comes to the school or its learners,” External link

eyewitness-news Thursday, November 19, 2020 8:46:00 AM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “This is clearly an attempt to intimidate the school and is infringing on the rights of the learners who are writing exams,” “Our learners have been subjected to unprecedented events this year and anxiety and stress levels are high — this behaviour is going to add to that pressure” External link

dailymaverick Thursday, November 19, 2020 4:10:00 AM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “we expect the SAPS to make arrests immediately” External link

dailymaverick Thursday, November 19, 2020 4:10:00 AM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “The EFF desperately wants a confrontation outside the school. Do not give in to their tactics. SAPS and other law enforcement authorities are making extensive preparations,” External link

iol Wednesday, November 18, 2020 10:46:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said ( about Lieutenant General ) : “It is very clear that the EFF is not interested in discussing and resolving their concerns. Their only intent is to intimidate and disrupt schooling, adding more anxiety to our learners who have had an extremely difficult year,” “We are aware that EFF leaders have been making repeated threats of violence on both social media and radio. ’’The police are aware of these and are investigating them, according to a meeting I had with (Western Cape police commissioner) Lieutenant-General (Yolisa) Matakata this morning” External link

iol Wednesday, November 18, 2020 7:28:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “Our learners have been subjected to unprecedented events this year and anxiety and stress levels are high,” External link

iol Wednesday, November 18, 2020 11:25:00 AM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “Our learners have been subjected to unprecedented events this year and anxiety and stress levels are high,” External link

the-star Wednesday, November 18, 2020 10:34:00 AM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “We are in contact with the school, the South African Police Service (SAPS), and the city’s law enforcement services to ensure that order is maintained and our learners and staff are safe. There is also private security to ensure that no harm comes to the school or its learners,” External link

eyewitness-news Wednesday, November 18, 2020 4:13:00 AM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “Our learners have been subjected to unprecedented events this year and anxiety and stress levels are high. This behaviour is going to add to that pressure,” External link

iol Tuesday, November 17, 2020 5:45:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “Arrangements have been made to ensure that the matrics writing Physical Sciences (Physics) Paper 1 on Friday morning can do so without disruption. All Grade 8 to 11 exams will be rescheduled, but the school will remain open and classes for learners will continue,” External link

iol Tuesday, November 17, 2020 5:45:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “It is important that legitimate concerns of people at the school, particularly people of colour, are addressed. The school has committed to doing so, long before this recent incident.,” External link

iol Tuesday, November 17, 2020 5:45:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “We are not going to allow schools to be shut down by people who have a different view of things, that is not how we operate” External link

iol Tuesday, November 10, 2020 3:01:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “The WCED cannot and will not take action against educators who were invited as guests and attended a private event, which they did not organise, and had no prior knowledge of the attendees,” External link

citizen Tuesday, November 10, 2020 12:06:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer added : “It was not supported, funded or endorsed by the school in any way,” External link

citizen Tuesday, November 10, 2020 12:06:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : "The Western Cape Education Department cannot and will not take action against educators who were invited as guests and attended a private event, which they did not organise, and had no prior knowledge of the attendees. We are also not in the business of prescribing who people must invite to private events outside of school property," External link

eyewitness-news Tuesday, November 10, 2020 10:23:00 AM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : "The WCED cannot and will not take action against educators who were invited as guests and attended a private event, which they did not organise, and had no prior knowledge of the attendees," External link

news24 Tuesday, November 10, 2020 8:00:00 AM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “Violence is also not the solution to solving disagreements. I urge all parties to engage with one another in a responsible and adult manner, and for SAPS to ensure that our learners are protected from this kind of violence,” External link

thezimbabwemail Tuesday, November 10, 2020 3:45:00 AM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “Violence is also not the solution to solving disagreements. I urge all parties to engage with one another in a responsible and adult manner, and for SAPS to ensure that our learners are protected from this kind of violence,” External link

iol Monday, November 9, 2020 9:04:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “Violence is also not the solution to solving disagreements. I urge all parties to engage with one another in a responsible and adult manner, and for SAPS to ensure that our learners are protected from this kind of violence,” External link

iol Monday, November 9, 2020 5:08:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “Our matrics are already going to have to cope with some unusual safety measures because of Covid-19, and will understandably be nervous… We cannot afford to cause them any additional anxiety,” External link

iol Thursday, November 5, 2020 10:18:00 AM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “Of candidates writing this month, 54 741 are full-time matric learners. 10 544 part-time/repeat candidates, and 19 286 May/June senior certificate candidates will write in this session, as well as 10 856 learners who were due to write supplementary exams this year following the 2019 NSC exams,” External link

iol Monday, November 2, 2020 2:47:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “The reason for this increase was that the May/June 2020 exam session could not take place because of the COVID-19 pandemic and was instead combined with the November session. Administering exams is difficult even in the ordinary year without the added complications of the combined session amidst a global pandemic” External link

eyewitness-news Sunday, November 1, 2020 6:15:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “Today marks 10 days before the main matric exams begin. Ten days is also the minimum amount of time that someone who has been in close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case needs to quarantine,” External link

eyewitness-news Monday, October 26, 2020 5:50:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “They are at risk from predators, bullying and fraud. The decision to bring in this curriculum was the right one,” External link

iol Sunday, October 25, 2020 6:14:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “Our matrics have been through enough this year – it is not fair to cause them more anxiety with blackouts,” External link

iol Tuesday, October 20, 2020 2:20:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “We also have standard procedures in place in case of computer breakdowns during an exam,” External link

iol Tuesday, October 20, 2020 2:20:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “The school has three classrooms, which can accommodate 120 learners. In terms of the regulations, this school is classified as a micro-primary school, which has a capacity of less than 135 learners, and the present enrolment is significantly less,” External link

iol Monday, October 19, 2020 7:55:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “One of the many evils of apartheid was the classification of people by their so-called race. This was what many people have fought to rid our country of. So, I am understandably shocked to discover that my department is apparently charging someone because of how they choose to classify themselves. If this is in fact the case, it is anathema to me. And we will not tolerate victimisation of people who do not conform to an artificial and arbitrary classification of who they are deemed to be,” External link

eyewitness-news Thursday, October 15, 2020 1:38:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “This year has certainly been a tumultuous year for our Grade 12 learners and their teachers. Despite the disruptive school year, they have shown true grit and determination. They have shown how resilient they are and I am extremely proud of them,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Tuesday, October 6, 2020 2:49:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “Learners took the initiative and began self-learning at home, and the use of alternative resources for learning and revision, through our e-portal and website, increased significantly,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Tuesday, October 6, 2020 2:49:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “Learners took the initiative and began self-learning at home, and the use of alternative resources for learning and revision, through our e-portal and website, increased significantly,” External link

sanews Tuesday, October 6, 2020 12:39:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : "This choice will change their life and the life of those around them. Hence the campaign line – You will thank yourself later!" External link

iol Sunday, October 4, 2020 1:39:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : "Past experience has shown that some learners become despondent at the end of the year, following their 'Trial Exams', and may make the decision to drop out. Their future self is telling them to make the right choice – to finish their matric year. I know I certainly have 'thanked myself for it' years later. Let us all continue to support, encourage, and motivate the Class of 2020," External link

iol Sunday, October 4, 2020 1:39:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “Ms Mfubesi’s death came as a great shock and is a profound loss to her family, school community and the WCED, and members of the public are urged to come forward to assist in bringing the perpetrators to justice. All information provided and received will be treated confidentially,” External link

iol Wednesday, September 30, 2020 12:35:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : "This has been a year when the value and leadership of our principals and teachers has really come to the fore as they handled the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on their schools. To lose one of them in this manner is heartbreaking," External link

news24 Saturday, September 19, 2020 7:16:00 PM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “I am shocked and saddened by news that we have lost one of our principals to a senseless act of violence,” External link

iol Saturday, September 19, 2020 12:00:00 AM EAT

Debbie Schäfer said : “Matrics should use this as an excellent opportunity to see what areas they need to put special effort into revising before the final exams,” External link

eyewitness-news Thursday, September 17, 2020 2:56:00 PM EAT

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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minister100.00%EN10/10/201610/10/2016
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Debbie SchäferEN100.00%


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