- CDE held its seventh debate on 10 April 1997. Concerns included the fragmentation of teacher training; the erosion of learner discipline and teacher authority and implementation of Curriculum 2005.
- The speakers were Dr Trevor Coombe, deputy director general of the national Department of Education (Dr Coombe stood in for Minister S Bengu who was unable to attend); Irene Menell, chairman of the READ Organisation; and Mojalefa Thulare, principal of Rolihlahla Primary School in Etwatwa, Benoni. Michael Gardiner, previously director of the Education Support Project, now lecturer in the Department of English at Vista University (Soweto) chaired the debate.
- Schooling is both national and provincial matters.
- The national Education Department sets several policy, put education is also a provincial responsibility, and provinces must coordinate the implementation of the new Curriculum 2005.
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