Cape Town – After dedicating more than 47 years to improving the education system in the province, the head of the Western Cape Department of Education (WCED), Brian Schreuder had his last day in office on Wednesday.
Schreuder, who retired yesterday, said it was “an incredible privilege” to work with the people.
He said there had been fantastic principals, dedicated teachers, wonderful public servants and “especially the amazing children of this province and this country”.
“I am very proud of the initiatives launched in my time.
“Literacy and numeracy strategies were one example, the e-learning strategy that has now shifted to digital and blended learning will put them on the path to a true 21st century education,” did he declare.
WCED spokesperson Bronagh Hammond said it was a sad day in their headquarters as they said goodbye to two wonderful colleagues and influential leaders in the organization.
Hammond said Schreuder and Dr Peter Beets, the deputy director general: program management and evaluations retired yesterday.
“As Schreuder retires, we celebrated his accomplishments, but also mourned the loss of an education giant.”
She said he was like a father to her.
MEC training Debbie Schäfer wished Schreuder a restful and restful retirement.
She said, her character clearly doesn’t lend itself to too much leisure.
“I have no doubt that he will continue to contribute to our cause of providing a quality education for every learner in our province, or wherever he has the opportunity,” said Schäfer.
Tony Marshall, deputy provincial director of the Federation of School Governing Bodies of South Africa (Fedsas), said Schreuder has led to healthy and inclusive values that Fedsas Western Cape has been able to support.
Marshall said he manages WCED always in the best interests of the learners, and they were very supportive and appreciative of his championing of governance and professional management of GBS, and were accessible at all times.
Brent Walters, the new CEO, said he was very excited to take over the job that was filled with Schreuder’s great shoes, and looked forward to living the vision of a quality education for every learner. , class and school of the province.
ANC provincial education spokesperson Khalid Sayed said he hoped Schreuder would continue to share his views on the administration and management of education as an experienced civil servant.
Sayed said his tenure (of Schreuder) has been characterized by a good sense of responsiveness and a healthy commitment to issues raised by the ANC, while, on the other hand, a low level of demographic transformation in the education leadership level.
“We hope that the new HOD will receive political support to improve in this regard,” he said.