WCED proposes new changes to Education Act

The Western Cape Education Department is proposing a number of changes to the Provincial School Education Act. The amendments will be published on Friday 26 August in the Provincial Gazette and will be open for comments for one month.

Some of the key proposals include the establishment of the Western Cape Schools Evaluation Authority which is said to be the return of "school inspectors".

Western Cape Education MEC Debbie Schäfer says they have at the moment an evaluation process which is intense and documented in very long report that often gets filed and ignored. The new amended evaluation process will focus particularly on the quality of teaching and learning in the classroom and will be made public says Schäfer.

This is to promote accountability and transparency so that parents can see how their child is performing in school and in various areas

Debbie Schäfer, Western Cape Education MEC

She says the proposed amendments will be discussed with relevant stakeholders and if there are valid concerns or objections they will be taken into account.

The children only have one opportunity to be in school and it is our duty to make sure that the experience is the best

Debbie Schäfer, Western Cape Education MEC

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