News and Speeches for Western Cape Education Department

WCED compensates 96.5% of fee paying schools for over 80 000 learners

23 November 2017

Tough economic times are leading to a growing number of parents who simply cannot afford to pay school fees. This puts a massive financial strain on fee-paying schools relying on the collection of fees to sustain their daily running costs. Read More

Collaboration Schools reflect commitment to building partnerships

15 November 2017

Debbie Schäfer, Western Cape Education Minister, has submitted the following letter to the Cape Times, in reply to an article from Equal Education on Collaboration Schools, published by the newspaper on 9 November 2017. Read More

WCED joins Shoprite/ Cape Talk Challenge

15 November 2017

Following the success of the Bridgiot digital water metering system in reducing water consumption at Hector Peterson High School in Wallacedene, we are pleased to announce that we plan to expand the number of schools receiving the digital water... Read More

Minister Schäfer on the BELA Bill - don't fix what isn't broken

14 November 2017

The stated intention in the Memorandum on the Objects of the The Basic Education Laws Amendment Bill ("the BELA Bill") is to ensure that "systems of learning and excellence are put in place in a manner which respects, protects, promotes and fulfils... Read More

Minister Schafer pleased with progress as NSC candidates reach the halfway mark

7 November 2017

NSC Candidates have now entered the fourth week of the exams, with 14 644 writing Physical Sciences Paper 2 (Chemistry) yesterday (Monday, 6 November). Today 10 697 candidates will write Economics Paper 2, with 99 candidates writing Sesotho Home... Read More

Western Cape Top Teachers Awards - 3rd November 2017

5 November 2017

It gives me great pleasure to join you all once again this evening, at the 18th Annual Provincial Teaching Awards Ceremony, to celebrate and recognise the achievements of our educators in the Province. Read More

Curbing gang violence requires a 'whole of society approach'

27 October 2017

Recently there has been an increase in violence in communities within Cape Town as a result of ongoing gang warfare. This has had a direct impact on our schools. Read More

Ministers Schäfer and Grant appeal to metrorail and taxi associations

19 October 2017

On Tuesday 24th October 2017, thousands of matric candidates across the province will begin to write the 2017 National Senior Certificate examinations. Many of these candidates rely on public transport to make it to their examination venue each day. Read More

Minister Schäfer very pleased with drop in incidents of burglary and vandalism

16 October 2017

Incidents of burglary and vandalism during the 2017 Spring School holiday period have dropped from 22 incidents in the 2016 spring holiday to 12 incidents in the same period in 2017. Read More

Grade 12 learners begin writing 2017 NSC Examinations

13 October 2017

On Monday 16th October 2017, 8 079 candidates will begin writing the 2017 NSC, starting with Computer Applications Technology. Of these 7 807 are full time candidates and 272 are part time candidates. Read More

Minister Schäfer cautions Grade 12 learners against cheating in the NSC Exams

12 October 2017

This year 51 987 full time candidates and 13 912 part-time candidates have registered for the 2017 NSC in the Western Cape. Read More

Media alert: Minister Debbie Schäfer to witness NSC pledge signing & caution NSC

11 October 2017

Tomorrow, Thursday 12th October 2017, Minister Debbie Schäfer will be visiting Intshukumo Senior Secondary School in Gugulethu to caution candidates about cheating ahead of the 2017 National Senior Certificate (NSC) examinations and to witness the... Read More

WCED takes steps to protect the integrity of the 2017 NSC examinations

10 October 2017

Ensuring the integrity of the National Senior Certificate examinations is of utmost importance to the Western Cape Education Department (WCED). Read More

Completion expected soon on brand new R60 million Eerste River HS project

10 October 2017

Today, Minister Schäfer and Minister Grant visited the new Eerste River High School in Blue Downs, Cape Town. The brand new, state-of-the-art, R60 million school is fast nearing completion since construction commenced in June 2016. Read More

Media alert: Ministers Grant and Schäfer to visit site of brand new school

9 October 2017

Tomorrow, Tuesday 10th October 2017, Minister of Transport and Public Works, Donald Grant, and Minister of Education, Debbie Schäfer, will be visiting the site of the brand new Eerste Rivier High School in Blue Downs. Read More

The Western Cape takes double gold at the national Young Historians' awards

6 October 2017

Dayyaan Edries, a Grade 10 learner from Vista Nova High School and his teacher Ms. Pertunia Mutheiwana, won the National Young Historians' Award which was held at the Department of Basic Education in Pretoria from 29th September to 2nd October 2017. Read More

World Teachers' Day 2017 - let's celebrate our teachers!

5 October 2017

Dr Forest E Witcraft, said that: "A hundred years from now, it will not matter what kind of car I drove, what kind of house I lived in, how much money I had in the bank ... but the world may be a better place because I made a difference in the life... Read More

Response of decision to close Uitzig High School

4 October 2017

After much consideration, I have decided to close Uitzig High School with effect from next year. My decision was made after due process in terms of the South African Schools Act was complied with, and mindful of the fact that high court litigation... Read More

2017 NSC: Thousands of matrics attend WCED spring schools

3 October 2017

Roman philosopher Seneca once said, "Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity" and with only 19 days to go to the National Senior Certificate Examinations (NSC) 2017, this is a crucial time for our Grade 12 learners where preparation... Read More

Registrations open for Senior Examinations 2018

2 October 2017

I am aware that there are a number of learners in the Western Cape, who for very different reasons were not able to write their matric examinations or complete their high school careers. Read More