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News and Speeches for Western Cape Education Department

Emergency school feeding off to a great start in Western Cape

8 April 2020

The emergency school feeding programme started around the Western Cape today, as schools and communities have come together to ensure our learners’ health will not suffer during this extended school closure. Read More

Quality reading @home (Part 3)

7 April 2020

If I were put on the spot and asked one very simple question: “What is the best education activity a parent can do during lockdown with their children?”, my answer would confidently be: “READING”. Read More

WCED to implement school feeding of vulnerable learners during lockdown

6 April 2020

The Western Cape Government has been working hard to find a solution that would ensure that our learners who normally receive school meals during term time do not go hungry during this extended school closure and lockdown.   Read More

Quality Learning @home: Grade 12 resources (Part 2)

3 April 2020

Grade 12 is already a stressful year for most learners as they complete their schooling career and face their final examinations. With the extended holiday and lockdown period we understand that this can cause further anxiety and distress. Read More

National lockdown – Message from the Western Cape Education Department

25 March 2020

On Monday evening, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that South Africa will enter a nationwide lockdown for 21 days with effect from midnight on Thursday, 26 March 2020. Read More

School admissions for 2021 have closed

18 March 2020

The school admissions application window for the 2021 school year has now closed. We want to thank the thousands of parents who submitted their applications over the past month. Schools will now consider all applications submitted during the period... Read More

Western Cape last day of school is Wednesday 18 March

16 March 2020

Following the President’s announcement last night, I joined the other MECs for Education for an urgent Council of Education Ministers (CEM) teleconference with national Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga, this morning, to discuss... Read More

WCED launches new reading strategy

15 March 2020

This weekend, the Western Cape Education Department launched the Western Cape Reading Strategy. Read More

Western Cape schools remain open, but good hygiene practices are very important

13 March 2020

Western Cape schools remain open, but good hygiene practices are very important People are understandably concerned about the coronavirus, now that the Western Cape has a confirmed case.  I would, however, urge people to remain calm. Read More

Covid-19 guidance for schools

13 March 2020

Today the WCED Head of Department has written to Western Cape principals providing guidance on schools’ responses to the coronavirus. Read More

Minister Schäfer upholds appeal of Beaufort West learner transport decision

11 March 2020

I have decided to uphold the appeal of a WCED decision to cancel the learner transport route in Beaufort West, and the transport route will be reinstated with immediate effect. Read More

Ministers Schäfer and Fritz visit Beaufort West to inspect route learners walk

27 February 2020

Today I visited Beaufort West to personally inspect the route that learners in the town walk to school in the absence of school transport. I was joined by the Minister of Community Safety, Albert Fritz, and district officials. Read More

2019 Language and Mathematics Awards to schools

26 February 2020

Last night, the WCED celebrated the achievements of our Province’s schools who produced excellent results and improvements in our Grade 3, 6 and 9 language and mathematics systemic tests in 2019. Read More

WCED warning to learners regarding discipline in schools

19 February 2020

Learner discipline in schools remains a big concern for the Western Cape Education Department. Physical or verbal abuse will simply not be tolerated and I have taken a strong stance on this. Read More

Technical challenges on admission site

18 February 2020

Yesterday, the online application process for 2021 school enrolment opened.   Parents have been encouraged to apply online using our application website: Read More

Three Western Cape educators come out tops in National Awards

17 February 2020

Yesterday, three educators in the Western Cape won National Teaching Awards. We congratulate them for this excellent achievement! Read More

Applications for 2021 school admissions open tomorrow

16 February 2020

Enrolment applications to the Western Cape’s public schools for the 2021 school year open tomorrow. Read More

Preventing learners from attending school is not the answer

12 February 2020

The WCED has been alerted to a planned ‘shut down’ of Khayelitsha schools on Thursday and Friday this week by the Khayelitsha Education and Development Forum (KEF/KDF). Read More

Investigation into the Learner Transport Scheme (LTS) in Beaufort West finalised

7 February 2020

Every school day the Western Cape Education Department (WCED) transports over 61 000 learners on 567 LTS routes across the province. The LTS policy provides for the transportation of learners living more than 5km from their nearest school. The... Read More