News and Speeches for Western Cape Education Department

Minister Schäfer announces the opening of enrolments for 2020

14 February 2019

Tomorrow, the 2020 school enrolment process opens in all public schools across the Western Cape. School admissions open on the 15th of February 2019 and close on the 15th of March 2019. Read More

Media alert: Early enrolment campaign

13 February 2019

With school enrolments opening on Friday 15th February 2019, tomorrow (Thursday) Western Cape MEC for Education Debbie Schäfer will be at the Golden Acre Mall engaging with parents to outline the importance of early enrolment as well as to urge... Read More

Mr Arendse should get his facts straight

8 February 2019

Mr Arendse should get his facts right before approaching media with his uninformed and wild accusations.  The accusations he makes are extremely serious and have no substance whatsoever.   The facts as reported to me are as follows:   Read More

Sans Souci Girls High School – corporal punishment is unacceptable

6 February 2019

I am aware of a video that is circulating on social media of an incident between a learner and an educator at Sans Souci Girls High School during class time. Read More

Western Cape schools bursting at the seams

1 February 2019

The WCED has received and collated enrolment figures for the 2019 school year. As it stands, the schooling system in this Province has increased by 18 285 learners compared to last year, 16 285 of which are from outside the Province. Read More

Community Protest Action in Mfuleni preventing access to schools

1 February 2019

The WCED has for some time been negotiating with the Mfuleni Education Forum and the Mfuleni Development Forum with regards to new schools to accommodate the learners who still require placement. Read More

WC MECs of Education and Health visit School Wellness mobile at Yomelela Primary

29 January 2019

Today, Western Cape Minister of Health, Dr Nomafrench Mbombo and Western Cape Minister of Education, Ms Debbie Schafer visited the Wellness mobile for school health at Yomelela Primary School in Khayelitsha where Gr R - Grade 1 learners at the... Read More

2018 Systemic Test results show steady improvement since 2011

21 January 2019

The 2018 systemic test results have now been released to schools. I am pleased that, since 2011, when we increased the difficulty of these tests, there is a steady improvement. Read More

Uitzig HS will open - but the victory is Tony Ehrenreich's, not the learners

18 January 2019

On Wednesday, the High Court ruled in favour of the former SGB at Uitzig Secondary School, finding that the rules of court pertaining to appeals dictates this to be the case. Read More

School Burglary and Vandalism is a not a fight that we can tackle alone

17 January 2019

Despite increased security measures at schools across the province during the December holiday period, perpetrators still continue to target our schools. Read More

Deadline for NSC exam applications is Tuesday, 22 January 2019

14 January 2019

While many candidates are celebrating their success in the 2018 National Senior Certificate examinations, there are candidates who did not receive the results that they had hoped to achieve. Read More

Western Cape celebrates matric success

10 January 2019

A very warm welcome to everyone, to this last matric awards celebration for this term of office. It is definitely one of my favourite events of the year. Read More

MECs Schäfer and Winde kick off 2019; Learner Placement Task Teams activated

9 January 2019

Today was an exciting day for many learners and parents as over 1.1 million learners started school in the Western Cape - many for the first time. This year, primary schools across the province have welcomed 108 325 Grade 1's and 83 360 Grade 8... Read More

Media alert: MECs Schäfer and Winde to visit Forest Village Leadership Academy

8 January 2019

On Wednesday, 9th January 2019, more than a million learners are expected to arrive at schools across the Western Cape to begin the 2019 school year. Read More

Minister Schäfer pleased that indicators of quality show improvement in the WC

4 January 2019

It has been a wonderful morning of excitement as thousands of learners celebrate the end of their school career with a National Senior Certificate pass. Read More

Media alert: Media accreditation for the Western Cape NSC 2018 awards ceremony

4 January 2019

On Thursday 10th January 2019,  Debbie Schäfer, MEC of Education in the province will be hosting the Western Cape National Senior Certificate (NSC) 2018 Awards Ceremony at the Premier's Residence. Read More

Media alert: Minister Schäfer to visit Masibambisane high school

3 January 2019

Tomorrow, Friday 4th January 2019, thousands of NSC candidates in the Western Cape will receive their individual National Senior Certificate (NSC) results. Read More

Media alert: Western Cape schools to celebrate World HIV/Aids Day

30 November 2018

Tomorrow morning, the WCED will be hosting a World  HIV/AIDS day at Garlandale Secondary School in Athlone. Please see attached programme for the event. All eight Education Districts will be participating. The key theme for the days' events is "... Read More

Minister Schäfer and Minister Grant encourage learners to celebrate responsibly

26 November 2018

Today, the majority of the National Senior Certificate (NSC) Candidates will write their last examination - English Home Language and English First Additional Language, Paper 3. Read More

NSC 2018 - Results Release

20 November 2018

The much anticipated Provincial and National results of the 2018 National Senior Certificate (NSC) are expected to be announced by Minister Angie Motshekga on Thursday 3rd January 2019. Read More