The Western Cape Education Department (WCED), in an effort to improve the senior management in schools across the province, has announced plans to broaden the use of Competency Based Assessments (CAB) when appointing Deputy Principals and Heads of Department (HoD).
Debbie Schafer, Western Cape Education MEC, told CapeTalk's Kieno Kammies that the CAB's ensure that the appointment processes in schools assess what is necessary in the particular leadership post. She says they help design tools for development in the school senior staffing system.
They make sure that we assess what is necessary in the post and that specific tests are designed by development professionals to ensure that those aspects are measured.
She says although the CAB's are not yet compulsory, she is encouraged that many school governing bodies are interested in implementing the assessments uniformly into their protocols.
The CAB's were piloted in 2014 in the appointment of school principals.
Listen to the full conversation on Breakfast with Kieno Kammies: