Former Western Cape Education Head joins ECDoE
Ms Penny Vinjevold has proudly joined Eastern Cape Department of Education as the Deputy Director General for Education Planning, Evaluation and Monitoring (EPEM).
She has worked as a teacher, teacher educator and government official. She taught for sixteen years at schools in Johannesburg, Mafeking and Soweto. Thereafter, she became the General Manager of Evaluations and Research at the Joint Education Trust. In 1999 she co-edited the book “Getting Learning Right” and managed the research component of the President’s Education Initiative. This book has since become one of the key texts on South African Education.
Ms Vinjevold has experience in both quantitative and qualitative research methodology, especially the development, administration and analysis of learner assessment instruments. Much of her research work was conducted in schools serving poor learners. She has also undertaken extensive research into the results of the school-leaving Senior Certificate Examination.
Mrs Vinjevold was a member of the panel appointed by the then Minister of Education, Kader Asmal, to review the design and implementation of South Africa’s new, outcomes-based curriculum, C2005.
In November 2000 Minister Asmal appointed a 7-person Ministerial Project Committee to oversee the development of the Revised National Curriculum Statement for Grades R – 9. Mrs Vinjevold was on that committee.
In 2002 Ms Vinjevold joined the Western Cape Education Department as Chief Director: Planning. This portfolio was concerned with curriculum, assessment and institutional management and governance for Early Childhood, General Education and Training, Further Education and Training and Adult Basic Education and Training.
In 2005 Ms Vinjevold joined the national Department of Education as Deputy Director-General: Further Education and Training. This portfolio was concerned with curriculum in high schools including teacher training and textbooks; school leaving examinations; vocational education at 50 FET Colleges, mathematics and science and e-Learning.
In 2005 she developed a plan for the implementation of a new curriculum in grade 10 in 2006, grade 11 in 2007 and grade 12 in 2008. A new national examination was introduced in 2008. In 2005 the Department also developed a plan for the re-capitalisation of the vocational colleges.
In November 2009 Ms Vinjevold became Head of Education in the Western Cape. In the seven year period to August 2016, the Western Cape Education Department improved its ratings on all important indicators: improved pass rates in all grades; improved retention of learners from Grades 9 – 12; improved pass rates and pass numbers in externally conducted tests at grades 3, 6 and 9 and increased numbers and pass rates in the NSC. The WCED also received a clean audit outcome in 2014/15 and 2015/16.
Ms Vinjevold has management experience which covers diverse situations and has managed a wide range of projects, persons and situations. She has strategic planning and research experience. Her English verbal and written communication skills are good.
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