Back to school rush | Western Cape Government

Back to school rush

(Western Cape Government)

Parents, we understand that the back to school mayhem can be stressful.

Prepare for the back to school traffic rush with these road safety tips. We also help you mentally prepare for a stress-free start to the new year with tips from the Western Cape Education Department. We help you plan your child’s future and list school construction projects to be completed this year.

Travelling to school

Always walk on the sidewalk

Parents and carers must prioritise road safety when travelling with children to school regardless of the mode of transport.

When travelling to school by car:

  • Always buckle up and ensure that children and passengers are buckled up.
  • Drive extra cautiously. There will be more child pedestrians on the road on their way to and from school.
  • Be patient and follow the rules of the road.

When walking with your children to school:

  • Ensure that children are visible.
  • Always walk on the sidewalk.
  • Do not cross where a road bends or leads to a sharp curve.
  • Do not wear headphones or talk on your cell phone whilst crossing the road.

Read more on children’s road safety on Safely Home’s website.

When using public transport:

Whether you are travelling with or without your children, it is important that safety comes first when travelling by public transport.

  • If you are travelling with small children, make sure they are well supervised.
  • Board together with your children to prevent separating from them.
  • It is important for children, especially young children who might struggle to communicate, to be prepared for emergencies by carrying a means of identification, information about next of kin and their contact numbers, allergies, medical conditions, and medical fund details.

Read more on public transport passenger safety:

Watch: Let's teach our children about road safety

Prepare to learn

Child studying

The Western Cape Education Department (WCED) provides parents with some useful tips to get the term started off in the best way.

  • Make sure your child gets some exercise and enough sleep.
  • Provide a quiet study area with paper, pens, a ruler, pencils and a dictionary.
  • Ensure your child has exercise books and other relevant books in the first week of school.

Read more tips on WCED's website.

Planning your child’s future

back to school

High school learners can now go back to executing their plans for the future which includes laying the groundwork for their careers.

We offer opportunities for those interested in a career in the built sector or technical environment which includes the following fields:

  • Property studies
  • Transport economics
  • Transportation engineering
  • Mechatronics
  • Electrical and/or electronic engineering
  • Civil engineering
  • Construction management
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Quantity surveying
  • Town/City and regional planning
  • Architecture

Students planning to study in one of these fields after matriculating can apply for our annual Masakh’iSizwe bursary.

Read more about the Masakh’iSizwe Bursary Programme.

Building better schools

Knysna Hostel

The Department of Transport and Public Works builds and upgrades education facilities for the Western Cape Education Department, including the Knysna High School Hostel refurbishment project which is expected to be finished in 2020.

The content on this page was last updated on 21 January 2020