News and Speeches for Western Cape Education Department

SGB elections 2018: The WC prepares for South Africa's second biggest election

21 February 2018

Schools and the Western Cape Education Department (WCED) are preparing for the biggest elections after the national, provincial and local government elections, namely the election of governing bodies throughout the province. Read More

Western Cape teacher wins National eTeaching award

20 February 2018

Mariëtte Vorster formerly of Touwsranten Primary School, Hoekvil, near George, is South Africa's top eLearning teacher. Read More

WCED introduces new tool for parents to track their admission application

19 February 2018

The Western Cape Education Department (WCED) has introduced a new online function to assist parents with tracking applications for admission to public schools. Read More

WCED support for 2017 NSC supplementary examinations

14 February 2018

More than 6 700 candidates have registered to write the Supplementary Examinations for the National Senior Certificate, from 19 February to 3 March 2018. Read More

MEC Schafer calls on communities to help protect schools

22 January 2018

During the December 2017 school holiday period, the WCED's Safe Schools directorate increased security at identified high risk schools and deployed additional security to these schools. Read More

2018 school year off to a smooth start in the Western Cape

17 January 2018

Today was an exciting day for many learners and parents. More than one million flocked to schools today - many for the first time - as the 2018 school year began in the Western Cape. Read More

Media Alert: Minister Schäfer to visit Levana primary school, Lavender Hill

15 January 2018

On Wednesday 17th January 2018, more than a million learners are expected to arrive at schools across the Western Cape to begin the 2018 school year. Read More

Western Cape 2017 National Senior Certificate Awards

11 January 2018

Premier Helen Zille DG of the Western Cape Government, Brent Gerber Superintendent-General Brian Schreuder Chair of the Western Cape Education Standing Committee, Basil Kivedo, and other members All Officials of the WCED Read More

WCED implements learner placement plan for 2018

9 January 2018

Officials of the Western Cape Education Department (WCED) are working closely with schools to accommodate thousands of learners still looking for places in schools in the province. Read More

Deadline for applications is Friday, 19th January 2018

8 January 2018

While many candidates are celebrating their success in the 2017 National Senior Certificate examinations, there are candidates who did not receive the results that they had hoped to achieve.   Read More

Media alert: Media accreditation for the Western Cape NSC 2017 awards ceremony

8 January 2018

On Thursday 11th January 2018, Helen Zille, Premier of the Western Cape and Debbie Schäfer, MEC of Education in the province will be hosting the Western Cape National Senior Certificate (NSC) 2017 Awards Ceremony at the Premier's Residence. Read More

Minister Schäfer congratulates successful learners in the Western Cape

5 January 2018

On the release of the 2017 National Senior Certificate (NSC), I would like to congratulate the 82.8% of learners in the Western Cape who passed the 2017 NSC examination. Read More

Western Cape focussing on quality matric passes

4 January 2018

Today, 4 January 2018, Angie Motshekga, the Minister of Basic Education is scheduled to announce the National Senior Certificate results for the country. It has been a long anxious wait for the NSC candidates who wrote in the Western Cape, as well... Read More

Media Alert: Minister Schäfer to visit Westerford high school

4 January 2018

On Friday 5th January 2018, thousands of NSC candidates in the Western Cape will receive their individual National Senior Certificate (NSC) results. Read More

Media alert: Media accreditation for the Western Cape NSC 2017 awards ceremony

4 January 2018

On Thursday 11th January 2018, Helen Zille, Premier of the Western Cape and Debbie Schäfer, MEC of Education in the province will be hosting the Western Cape National Senior Certificate (NSC) 2017 Awards Ceremony at the Premier's Residence. Read More

Minister Schäfer congratulates Western Cape Teacher, Wendy Horn

13 December 2017

A Cape Town teacher, Wendy Horn, Principal of Protea Heights Academy, a Maths and Science Focus School, is one of 50 finalists in the running for the Global Teacher of the Year Award 2017. Read More

Minister Schafer deeply saddened by tragic passing of Westerford High learner

10 December 2017

We are deeply saddened by the sudden passing of Shannen Rustin, a Grade 11 learner from Westerford High School. My deepest condolences go to the Rustin family, friends and Westerford Community. Read More

WCED to interrogate disappointing PIRLS results

7 December 2017

The latest Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) (2016) paints a shocking picture of the state of literacy in South African primary schools. While the study reveals that the Western Cape is well ahead of other provinces, we are... Read More

Schools save a whopping 7.6 million litres of water, thanks to smart water meter

5 December 2017

Yesterday I visited Hector Peterson Secondary School in Kraaifontein to observe highly effective, smart water metering in action. I am most impressed and very excited about the progress that the school has made since Bridgiot installed the... Read More

Practice of withholding report cards against the law and will not be tolerated

5 December 2017

Schools will issue report cards to learners across the province this week when the academic year ends for learners tomorrow, 6 December 2017. Read More