News and Speeches for Western Cape Education Department

Three teachers hijacked at gunpoint on school premises - ACJ Phakade Primary

18 June 2018

On Monday morning, three teachers from ACJ Phakade Primary School in Nomzamo were hijacked at gunpoint as they arrived at school. Read More

MEC Schafer at the Policy debate on Budget Vote No 14 – Basic Education

14 June 2018

"Chairperson, Minister Motshekga announced in her speech in the National Assembly last month, the measures that her Department is taking to improve quality and efficiency in education throughout the country, with a renewed emphasis on curriculum... Read More

Minister Schafer announces R10 000 reward for information following armed attack

5 June 2018

In the last three weeks there have been 4 separate armed attacks on our schools. The armed robberies were timed to take place just after the school day had ended, with learners and educators still participating in after-school activities and... Read More

Western Cape Education MEC and HOD meet with EE leadership

27 May 2018

On Thursday evening (24th May 2018), we held a very productive meeting with the leadership of Equal Education (EE) regarding the current concerning allegations of sexual harassment against three of their senior leaders. Read More

Western Cape 2017 NSC pass rate increases to 84.3% after Supplementary Exams

24 May 2018

The Western Cape 2017 NSC pass rate has increased from 82.8% to 84.3% following the completion of the Supplementary Examinations. Candidates who qualified to write the supplementary examinations did so in February and March this year. Read More

Fire at De La Bat School for the Deaf

22 May 2018

Late on Monday afternoon at around 15h00, the junior boys' hostel at De La Bat School for the Deaf in Worcester was extensively damaged in a fire. Read More

MEC deeply concerned about allegations of sexual misconduct at Equal Education

21 May 2018

Over the past week, allegations of sexual harassment have been made against three Equal Education (EE) employees: General Secretary, Tshepo Motsepe - who I believe recently resigned amid allegations of sexual harassment of female staffers - Luyolo... Read More

2019 Admissions Update and learner growth in the Western Cape

26 April 2018

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

Schools across the Western Cape will remain open on Wednesday 25th April 2018

24 April 2018

Schools across the Western Cape will remain open on Wednesday 25th April 2018 despite the planned strike action. The planned strike action is not a legitimate reason to close schools. Read More

Decrease in the number of schools targeted over the autumn holiday

12 April 2018

During the autumn 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

MEC Schäfer expresses shock and sadness following Middelpos PS shooting

11 April 2018

I wish to express my shock and sadness at the fatal shooting of a teacher from Middelpos Primary School in Saldanha Bay this morning (Wednesday 11th April 2018). Read More

Western Cape Government Education Budget Vote 2018/2019

28 March 2018

Madam Speaker, before I present the 2018/2019 Budget for Education in the Western Cape, it is my privilege to welcome a number of special guests today, who I will be referring to during the course of my speech, where appropriate. Read More

Media Alert: Minister Schafer to present the 2018/19 Education Budget Speech

27 March 2018

Tomorrow, Wednesday 28th March 2018, at 14h00, Minister Schäfer will be delivering the 2018/2019 Education Budget Vote speech in the Western Cape Provincial Parliament. Read More

SGB Elections 2018: Minister Schafer highlights importance of handover process

26 March 2018

The South African Schools Act (SASA), 1996 (Act 84 of 1996) gives governing bodies considerable powers to govern schools as part of the key structures of our democracy. Read More

Construction on track for brand new water-wise R64 million HS in Kraaifontein

13 March 2018

Today, Minister Schäfer and Minister Grant visited the site for the new Kraaifontein High School. The brand new, state-of-the-art, R64 million school is making excellent progress during construction, as it approches full completion which is expected... Read More

Media Alert: MInisters Grant and Schäfer to visit site of new Kraaifontein HS

12 March 2018

Tomorrow, Tuesday 13th March 2018, Minister of Transport and Public Works, Donald Grant, and Minister of Education, Debbie Schäfer, will be visiting the site of the brand new Kraaifontein High School in Blue Downs. Read More

Minister Schafer grateful for contribution to more inclusive history resources

9 March 2018

Yesterday, at Heathfield High School, I had the privilege of accepting a donation of over 400 books from author Dr Ruben Richards (PhD, UCT), a former student of Heathfield High School - matric class of 1977. Read More

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