News and Speeches for Western Cape Education Department

MEC Schäfer pleased that incidents of burglary and vandalism have reduced

25 July 2017

At the start of every school term, one of my main concerns is that teachers and learners will arrive at a school that has been badly vandalised or burgled during the winter school holidays. Read More

Premier Zille and Minister Schafer showcase eLearning model school in Gugulethu

24 July 2017

Premier Helen Zille and Education Minister Debbie Schafer today visited Litha Primary School in Gugulethu to view the progress being made in the province's eLearning Game Changer. Read More

MEDIA ALERT: Premier Zille and Minister Schäfer to showcase an eLearning school

21 July 2017

On Monday, 24th July 2017, Premier Helen Zille and Minister Debbie Schafer will be visiting Litha Primary School in Gugulethu. Litha Primary is one of 16 eLearning "Model School's" in the Province - as part of the Western Cape Government's (WCG)... Read More

Over 10 000 learners attending WCED Winter Schools during the holiday period

6 July 2017

Every school holiday period, one of my biggest concerns is for those learners whose parents work full time and who are left unsupervised at home. Read More

WCED equips teachers to offer crucial technical skills education

5 July 2017

To improve our educators' teaching and leadership skills, the WCED is hosting a number of seminars, conferences and workshops this holiday period at the Cape Teaching and Leadership Institute (CTLI) and other venues. Read More

Cabinet Approves Western Cape Provincial School Education Amendment Bill

4 July 2017

I am pleased to announce that the Western Cape Cabinet has approved the submission of the Western Cape Provincial School Education Amendment Bill. The Bill will now proceed to the Legislature following Cabinet's approval last week.   Read More

MEDIA ALERT: Minister Schäfer to visit Technical Teacher Training Programme

4 July 2017

Tomorrow, 5th July 2017, Minister Debbie Schäfer will be visiting Bellville Technical High School where over 200 teachers are taking part in Grade 12 CAPS Technical teacher training. Read More

WCED opens state-of-the-art school library and information centre

3 July 2017

EDULIS, the Education Library and Information Service of the Western Cape Education Department, has moved into new, state-of-the-art premises in Kuils River. Read More

WCED Winter holiday programmes for learners and educators

29 June 2017

Following a busy examination period, the upcoming winter holiday is also a much needed break for many learners and teachers. Many of our schools will however be buzzing with activities over the holiday period. Read More

Parents of Oranjekloof Primary School unanimously support continuation of CSP

27 June 2017

After a rocky start amid a lot of suspicion and misconceptions spread by parties opposed to our new Collaboration Schools Pilot Project, on 14 June 2017, a year after the beginning of this project at Oranjekloof Primary School, the parents have... Read More

Estimated costs of damage to schools reaches R124 million

19 June 2017

The storm that hit the Western Cape on Wednesday, 7 June, damaged 170 schools, according to the latest report compiled by the Western Cape Education Department (WCED). In addition, two were damaged by the inferno that engulfed the Southern Cape. Read More

Mother of all Cape Storms Damages 135 schools across the Western Cape

9 June 2017

Learners and educators returned to school on Thursday (8th June 2017) after schools were closed on Wednesday as a result of severe weather that hit the Cape for a period of almost 36 hours. Read More

Schools to reopen after devastating storm

7 June 2017

Schools across the Western Cape will reopen tomorrow (Thursday, 8 June), following the severe storm that struck the province on Tuesday night. Read More

WCED HOD closes Western Cape schools ahead of severe weather warning

6 June 2017

After extensive consultation with all roleplayers and at the recommendation of the Provincial Disaster Risk Management and SA Weather Service, I have taken the unprecedented decision in the interest of learner and educator safety to close schools in... Read More

Minister Schafer appeals to schools to complete textbook orders on time for 2018

5 June 2017

Principals have one week left to ensure that they have ordered sufficient textbooks for the 2018 academic year. The Western Cape Education Department opened the online ordering system for textbook procurement for the 2018 school year on the 29th May... Read More

Minister Schafer calls on Minister of Police to fulfil 2015 promise of gang unit

1 June 2017

In 2015, Minister Nathi Nhleko made a public commitment to bring back the specialized gang units within the South African Police Service (SAPS). Read More

Western Cape matric pass rate now up to 87.3% after supplementary exams

15 May 2017

Colin Powell said "There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure." I am therefore delighted to announce the results of the supplementary examinations for the 2016 National Senior Certificate... Read More

Fourth day of schooling missed due to protests regarding housing

10 May 2017

I strongly condemn the violent protest action in Section 4 of Gugulethu over the last week that has led to a concerning disruption of schooling at Vukukhanye Primary School. I have raised this with the City of Cape Town as a matter of urgency. Read More

Increase in the number of schools targeted over the Easter Holidays

20 April 2017

During the April 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

Principal of Bishop Lavis school of skills stabbed after receiving threats

19 April 2017

Two assailants brutally stabbed the Principal of the Bishops School of Skills, Mr Wayne Abrahams, in Bishop Lavis early this morning. Read More