Thursday, 21 April 2022 15:43

Western Cape Education MEC Debbie Schäfer resigns.

By Lehlohonolo Lehana.

Western Cape MEC for Education Debbie Schäfer has resigned from her position.

Schäfer handed in her resignation yesterday to Premier Alan Winde, which he accepted, while praising her for her excellent service to the people of the Western Cape.

Schäfer said she received a job offer in the UK and has accepted the new position. Her last day in the office is 15 May.

"I have been in politics now for 20 years, serving in all three spheres of government. I believe I have made valuable contributions in each," said Schäfer

She has been MEC of Education for the past eight years. "I believe I have left the department in a better place than I found it, and I am proud of the work that we have together achieved."

Schäfer said she is now ready to bow out of public life and is in the fortunate position to have been offered a job in the legal sector in the UK.

"I will be joining some of my family there which presents a unique opportunity for us to experience together. I will leave the office with effect from 15 May 2022."

Part of her achievements includes overseeing the establishment of the Schools Evaluation Authority, the first in the country. This entity provides an independent oversight function over the quality of education at schools.

Winde will announce changes to his cabinet on Friday after the resignation of Schäfer.