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News and Speeches for Western Cape Education Department

2020 NSC: Appreciation and thanks to the teachers that served our Class of 2020

23 February 2021

I would like to congratulate all our learners, principals, teachers and parents who successfully passed their NSC or contributed towards this achievement. Read More

Minister Schäfer celebrates performance of schools and districts

23 February 2021

Yesterday I had the opportunity to celebrate our province’s 79.9% pass rate for the 2020 matric exams, along with some of the top achievers in our province recognised by the Department of Basic Education. Read More

Media alert: Release of Western Cape candidate and school results

22 February 2021

Tomorrow, Tuesday 23 February 2021, at 11h30, Minister Debbie Schäfer will visit Elswood Sekondêr for the release of the 2020 candidate and school NSC results. There will be opportunities for photographs and interviews, subject to strict Covid-19... Read More

Western Cape matrics achieve despite challenges of Covid-19

22 February 2021

This afternoon, Minister Angie Motshekga announced the results of the National Senior Certificate (NSC) examinations for 2020. I congratulate all learners who achieved their matric under difficult circumstances and amid great uncertainty. Read More

Media alert: Matric results 2020

21 February 2021

Please note the following in preparation for the release of the 2020 NSC results. Monday 22 February 2021: Read More

Media advisory: Minister Schäfer meets with Ayakha Melithafa

16 February 2021

This morning, Western Cape Minister of Education, Debbie Schäfer, met with Ayakha Melithafa following the Matrics in Antarctica trip. Read More

Minister Schäfer welcomes learners back to class

15 February 2021

This morning I visited West End Primary School and Woodville Primary School in Mitchell’s Plain to welcome learners back to class after the holidays. Read More

Western Cape schools are ready to receive learners on Monday

14 February 2021

The Western Cape is looking forward to welcoming our learners back to school on Monday! Read More

WCED approaches court to protect learners and teachers in Graafwater area

14 February 2021

Last year I announced the closure of Graafwater High School, to be repurposed as a school of skills, which is much needed in the Graafwater and surrounding areas.  Currently, there are also no Special Schools or a School of Skills in the Graafwater... Read More

Neumann hearing : Intimidatory and abusive behavior is unacceptable

3 February 2021

The disciplinary hearing of Wesley Neumann, principal of Heathfield High School, is resuming today. Over the past few months the WCED, and some of its officials, have had to endure relentless personal attacks from Neumann supporters. The contents of... Read More

Minister Schäfer wishes teachers the best as they return to schools

1 February 2021

Western Cape Minister of Education, Debbie Schäfer, has wished teachers returning to school today all the best for the 2021 school year. Minister Schäfer said: Read More

First Schools Evaluation Authority reports available on website

28 January 2021

The first reports regarding evaluations of schools undertaken by the Schools Evaluation Authority (SEA) have been completed and are now available online. This is a significant milestone for the SEA, and for transparency and accountability in our... Read More

The WCED is surveying the PPE situation at all schools

28 January 2021

This morning, a newspaper headline read: “No more PPE for W Cape teachers”. It is most unfortunate that the headline is factually incorrect and creates an inaccurate perception. Here are the facts: Read More

Matrics in Antarctica: Minister Schäfer wishes matrics well

27 January 2021

Ayakha Melithafa, from the Centre of Science and Technology (COSAT) in Khayelitsha, is one of five matric students from the class of 2020 who will leave Cape Town today on an all-expenses-paid educational adventure in Antarctica with pioneering... Read More

Theft of National School Nutrition Programme food results in swift arrest

21 January 2021

This morning I was informed by a member of the public that canned pilchards specifically packaged for use in the National School Nutrition Programme (NSNP) were being sold in a shop in Retreat. Read More

WCED offers condolences to family of Stanley Henkeman

18 December 2020

It is with great sadness that I have learned of the passing of Stanley Henkeman, Executive Director of the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation (IJR). Read More

TIMSS 2019 provincial results show that WC education continues to improve

11 December 2020

The Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) has presented the detailed Western Cape results of the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) 2019. Read More

#CommitToFinish: Covid-19 concerns over ‘matric rage’ and holidays

10 December 2020

In the past two weeks, we have seen a significant rise in the number of Covid-19 cases across the country. Many Western Cape residents are understandably raising concerns as to what will happen during the school holidays, when learners and their... Read More

Media alert: HSRC to present analysis of Western Cape TIMMS results

10 December 2020

Tomorrow, the  Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) will be presenting an analysis of the Western Cape’s 2019 Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) results. Read More

WCED takes a stand against Gender Based Violence

9 December 2020

The Western Cape Education Department (WCED) supports the 16 Days for No Violence Against Women and Children, a global campaign calling for an end to Gender-based Violence (GBV). Read More