News and Speeches for Western Cape Education Department

Ministers strongly condemn arson attack on Thembalethu school construction site

15 September 2017

The Departments of Education (WCED) and Transport and Public (DTPW) strongly condemn the arson attacks on the construction site of the Thembalethu Secondary School in George. Read More

40 days to the 2017 NSC: WCED support for Candidates

12 September 2017

The matric class of 2017 is entering arguably one of the most challenging and stressful time of their lives so far - the build up to their final examinations. To the 2017 NSC Candidates, your success will depend on what you put into your studies. Read More

Fire at Northway Primary School destroys two classrooms and part of the school h

11 September 2017

On Monday (11th September 2017) at around 1am, a fire at Northway Primary School in Ravensmead destroyed two classrooms and the school hall. The cause of the fire is not yet known, but fire authorities are investigating. Read More

Clarity on independent schools subsidy

21 August 2017

Earlier this month, the Chairperson of the Standing Committee released a press statement that indicated that the Western Cape Education Department (WCED) provides subsidies to 101 independent schools. Read More

New “Year of the Teacher” category at this year’s Provincial Teaching Awards

21 August 2017

The Western Cape Education Department (WCED) has chosen 'The Year of the Teacher' as a key theme for 2017. We are using this time to listen, to reflect, to acknowledge and to celebrate our excellent teachers. Read More

Western Cape comes out tops for Reading and Maths in Southern and Eastern Africa

18 August 2017

The Western Cape has achieved the top scores in South Africa for reading and mathematics, according to the results of a new international study released this morning (18 August 2017). Read More

Western Cape learners rake in international awards - 29th IOI 2017

16 August 2017

For the second time this week, I have the pleasure of announcing that Western Cape learners have again brought home international awards, this time from the 29th International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI 2017) in Tehran. Read More

Western Cape learners bring home awards in international mathematics olympiad

14 August 2017

It gives me great pleasure to congratulate the South African team that participated in the 58th International Mathematics Olympiad in Brazil from 12 to 23 July. All six members of the team attend schools in the Western Cape. Read More

Response to Grootkraal Judgment

3 August 2017

I have now had the opportunity to study the Grootkraal Judgment (24611/2011) and consult with my Legal Counsel. Read More

Tragic Accident involving National Education Standing Committee Members

2 August 2017

It with shock and sadness that I have heard that four Members of the National Assembly who were visiting schools in the Western Cape as part of their oversight role as the Education Portfolio Committee, were involved in a tragic car accident near... Read More

MEC Schäfer pleased that incidents of burglary and vandalism have reduced

25 July 2017

At the start of every school term, one of my main concerns is that teachers and learners will arrive at a school that has been badly vandalised or burgled during the winter school holidays. Read More

Premier Zille and Minister Schafer showcase eLearning model school in Gugulethu

24 July 2017

Premier Helen Zille and Education Minister Debbie Schafer today visited Litha Primary School in Gugulethu to view the progress being made in the province's eLearning Game Changer. Read More

MEDIA ALERT: Premier Zille and Minister Schäfer to showcase an eLearning school

21 July 2017

On Monday, 24th July 2017, Premier Helen Zille and Minister Debbie Schafer will be visiting Litha Primary School in Gugulethu. Litha Primary is one of 16 eLearning "Model School's" in the Province - as part of the Western Cape Government's (WCG)... Read More

Over 10 000 learners attending WCED Winter Schools during the holiday period

6 July 2017

Every school holiday period, one of my biggest concerns is for those learners whose parents work full time and who are left unsupervised at home. Read More

WCED equips teachers to offer crucial technical skills education

5 July 2017

To improve our educators' teaching and leadership skills, the WCED is hosting a number of seminars, conferences and workshops this holiday period at the Cape Teaching and Leadership Institute (CTLI) and other venues. Read More

Cabinet Approves Western Cape Provincial School Education Amendment Bill

4 July 2017

I am pleased to announce that the Western Cape Cabinet has approved the submission of the Western Cape Provincial School Education Amendment Bill. The Bill will now proceed to the Legislature following Cabinet's approval last week.   Read More

MEDIA ALERT: Minister Schäfer to visit Technical Teacher Training Programme

4 July 2017

Tomorrow, 5th July 2017, Minister Debbie Schäfer will be visiting Bellville Technical High School where over 200 teachers are taking part in Grade 12 CAPS Technical teacher training. Read More

WCED opens state-of-the-art school library and information centre

3 July 2017

EDULIS, the Education Library and Information Service of the Western Cape Education Department, has moved into new, state-of-the-art premises in Kuils River. Read More

WCED Winter holiday programmes for learners and educators

29 June 2017

Following a busy examination period, the upcoming winter holiday is also a much needed break for many learners and teachers. Many of our schools will however be buzzing with activities over the holiday period. Read More

Parents of Oranjekloof Primary School unanimously support continuation of CSP

27 June 2017

After a rocky start amid a lot of suspicion and misconceptions spread by parties opposed to our new Collaboration Schools Pilot Project, on 14 June 2017, a year after the beginning of this project at Oranjekloof Primary School, the parents have... Read More