Schools across the country have opened to start 2019 academic year.
MEC for Education Debbie Schafer, talks about the province readiness for the 2019 schooling year, as learners head back to class today.
She says logistically the province is ready - books and stationery have been delivered as well as furniture to schools where it's needed.
The planning calendar has already been issued in the third terms and our staff establishment has been allocated already.— Debbie Schafer, Western Cape Education MEC
Yes, there are challenges with people not being able to get into schools, we are under unbelievable pressure...— Debbie Schafer, Western Cape Education MEC
The reality is that not every school can take every child. Parents need to understand that they can't necessarily get their children into their school of choice.— Debbie Schafer, Western Cape Education MEC
Data show that a lot of learners don't complete their schooling years and drop out. Schafer touched on plans the department has in place to ensure that learners that are accepted into schools stay in school until they finish.
We have a huge focus on extramural activities in rural communities and it appears to be showing some results.— Debbie Schafer, Western Cape Education MEC
We give some academic support there because some people drop out simply because they can't keep up with the work.— Debbie Schafer, Western Cape Education MEC
To listen to this discussion with MEC Debbie Schafer, click below: