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Education Dept expands competency tests to include HODs

The CBAs were initially introduced to the region last year for appointments of school principals.

Mitchells Plain schools remain targets despite fitting burglar bars to windows, door and hallways, such as seen here at Cascade Primary School. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape Education Department (WCED) on Wednesday announced it will expand Competency Based Assessments (CBAs) so they can be used for the appointments of deputy principals and Heads of Department (HOD) being appointed in schools across the province.

The CBAs were initially introduced to the region in 2014 and involved administering the tests during the recruitment phase for shortlisted principal posts.

The WCED's Jessica Shelver said, "The government is hopeful the testing of this nature will assist us in appointing the right people in the right position and this in turn will improve the quality of education in the province."

Western Cape Education MEC Debbie Schafer said the CBAs are not compulsory unless a particular school's governing body rules it into effect.

Schafer said, "We are encouraging our governing bodies to use these tests because we believe it's vital to our education system to get the right people in the right places."

She said the effectiveness of CBAs in the appointment of competent staff is not easy to measure.

"That is why we don't have much data and a lot of anecdotal evidence."

LISTEN: _ Keino Kammies speaks to Debbie Schafer about CBAs_