News and Speeches for Western Cape Education Department

Premier Helen Zille signs Proclamation for the Commencement of the WC SEA

16 April 2019

On Thursday 11th April, Premier Helen Zille signed the second Proclamation for the Commencement of the Western Cape Provincial School Education Amendment Act, 2018 this time bringing into operation the provisions allowing for the establishment of... Read More

Western Cape prepared for upcoming NSC/ SC exams

15 April 2019

Approximately 32 000 candidates have registered for the May/June National Senior Certificate (NSC) and Senior Certificate (SC) examinations, which are set to take place from the 2nd May 2019 to 14th June 2019. Read More

Minister Schäfer strongly condemns violent protest action disrupting schoools

12 April 2019

I strongly condemn the violent action that has been taking place in areas of the city, and that has led to concerning disruption of our schools. Read More

First Western Cape school goes solar through innovative global funding platform

10 April 2019

CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - 10 April 2019 - Sun Exchange ( Read More

WCED’s “Raise your voice. Not your phone campaign” wins bronze and silver awards

2 April 2019

I am delighted that the WCED’s “Raise Your Voice. Not Your Phone” campaign has won a silver and a bronze award at the IAB Bookmark Awards on Thursday last week. Read More

Western Cape Government Education Budget Vote 2019/2020

27 March 2019

Introduction Madam Speaker, over the last five years it has been my privilege to work with this Cabinet and the Western Cape Education Department in improving education outcomes in this province. I am proud of what we have, together, achieved. Read More

Media alert: Minister Schafer to present the 2019/20 Education Budget Speech

26 March 2019

Tomorrow, Wednesday 27th March 2019, at 12h00, Minister Debbie Schäfer will be delivering the 2019/20 Education Budget Vote speech in the Western Cape Provincial Parliament. Read More

WCED Future Focused Education Conference

25 March 2019

Well, the day has finally arrived, and after many months of planning, it is my great privilege and pleasure to be the first human to officially open and welcome you to the historic first ever education conference hosted by the WCED. Read More

Media alert: Attendance at the WCED education conference

20 March 2019

The Western Cape Education Department invites media to attend their Education Conference at the CTICC on the 25th to 26th March 2019. Please let me know if you would like to attend the conference. Read More

Best teacher in the world to speak at WCED conference

19 March 2019

The Western Cape Education Department will be hosting a Conference at the CTICC on the 25th to 26th March 2019. Read More

School admissions for 2020 close today

15 March 2019

School admissions for 2020 close today, Friday 15 March 2019. Parents had a whole month in which to prioritise their children’s applications for 2020.  Read More

Media alert: MEC Schäfer to Launch Tolerance and Anti-Bullying Campaign

13 March 2019

Tomorrow, Provincial Education MEC, Debbie Schafer and radio DJ Carl Wastie will launch the Tolerance and Anti-Bullying Campaign at a Settlers High School in Bellville as part of the WCED’s “Raise Your Voice, Not Your Phone” anti-bullying campaign. Read More

Replacement school for Winelands community is on its way

13 March 2019

Today, Minister Grant visited the site of the PC Petersen Primary School in Kylemore, which is a replacement school currently under construction. The state-of-the-art, R51 million school is in an advanced stage, with full completion  expected by... Read More

Supreme Court of Appeal dismisses appeal by Uitzig SGB

6 March 2019

Last week, the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) dismissed – with costs - the appeal by Uitzig School Governing Body (SGB) against my 2017 decision to close this school. Read More

WCG publishes Draft Regulations pertaining to the School Evaluations Authority

1 March 2019

On Monday 25th February 2019, the Western Cape Government gazetted the Draft Regulations pertaining to the School Evaluations Authority (SEA) for public comment. The closing date for comment is 18 March 2019. Read More

Ministers Schäfer and Winde oversee Search and Seizure Operation at Woodlands HS

28 February 2019

Lately there has been a flare up of gang violence throughout the Province. Although the majority of incidents are off school premises and within the community affected, gang violence can spill over into schools when learners are directly involved.  Read More

Gugulethu and Phillippi schools scoop Mathematics Excellence Awards

27 February 2019

On Tuesday evening, 26th February, the WCED hosted the Annual LITNUM awards to acknowledge and celebrate the top achievers in the systemic tests of 2018 in the Province.  My hearty congratulations go to all schools that won awards. Read More

Media alert: Ministers Schäfer and Winde to oversee search and seizure operation

26 February 2019

On Thursday 28th February 2019, Western Cape Education Minister, Debbie Schäfer and Western Cape Minister for Community Safety, Alan Winde will be overseeing a search and seizure operation at a Cape Town School. Read More

Fake enrolment notice circulating in Cape Town

26 February 2019

Yesterday, the WCED was made aware of a fake notice/advert that is currently being circulated in Du Noon. The advert reads as follows: Read More

WCED’s Raise your voice – Not your phone campaign kicks off for 2019

20 February 2019

In 2019, we want all our schools to celebrate and encourage the diversity, uniqueness and talents of all our learners in this province, no matter what their circumstances. Read More