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SADTU opposes Cape plan for school assessors
Karl Gernetzky, Business Day, Johannesburg, 20 September 2016
The proposed reintroduction of school assessors would take the Western
Cape's education system "back to the archaic times", South African
Democratic Teachers Union (SADTU) provincial secretary Jonovan Rustin said.
The Western Cape government is considering the reintroduction of school
assessors with sweeping powers to evaluate all aspects of education in the
The draft Western Cape Provincial School Education Amendment Bill, which is
open for public comment until Friday, proposes the establishment of the
Western Cape Schools Evaluation Authority with sweeping powers to interview
staff, pupils and members of school governing bodies, on issues ranging from
the curriculum to social and cultural development.
The proposals might conflict with existing authorities, as well as the
existing "whole-school evaluation" system, Rustin said.
Jaco Deacon, the deputy CEO of the Federation of Governing Bodies of South
African Schools, said his organisation "had serious concerns" with the
Jessica Shelver, spokeswoman for Western Cape education MEC Debbie Schafer,
said the proposed evaluation unit was aimed at providing increased
transparency and accountability.
The model was still in development "and the tools and criteria will be
discussed with stakeholders in the near future", she said.
Meanwhile, the Western Cape education department is gearing up for a
face-off with SADTU over systemic testing for mathematics and literacy
scheduled for October. SADTU has said its members would boycott the tests,
which were a waste of time and money, and discriminated against teachers
working in poor schools.
The provincial department has said the tests are intended to improve
teaching and will benefit poorer schools.
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