News and Speeches for Western Cape Education Department

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

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