News and Speeches for Western Cape Education Department

Raise your voice - not your phone

16 August 2018

This morning I visited Beacon Hill Secondary School to launch a campaign to address the effects of bullying in schools. We chose Beacon Hill Secondary for this event, as it recently experienced its own incident of bullying - both in school and on... Read More

Media alert: WCED and other celebrities to launch anti-bullying campaign

15 August 2018

Tomorrow, Provincial Education Minister, Debbie Schafer, Season 13 Idols South Africa winner, Paxton Fielies, and radio DJ and TV presenter, Carl Waistie will be launching an anti-bullying campaign in Mitchells Plain. Read More

Award-winning female architect takes ministers on tour of new pre-primary school

15 August 2018

Today, we visited the new R10.2 million Barkly House Pre-Primary School in Newlands. Read More

MEC Schäfer concerned regarding reports of learner abductions in the Zonnebloem

15 August 2018

I have received reports from our District Officials that two separate incidents of abductions have reportedly taken place in the Zonnebloem area over the past two weeks. Learners are reportedly being targeted while travelling to and from school. Read More

Media alert: #Womensmonth Ministers Schäfer & Grant to visit pre school project

14 August 2018

Tomorrow, Wednesday 15 August 2018, Minister of Education, Debbie Schäfer, and Minister of Transport and Public Works, Donald Grant, will be visiting Molteno Pre-Primary School in Newlands which is a project executed by the Department of Transport... Read More

School nutrition plays an important role in improving education outcomes

2 August 2018

Poverty and under-nutrition affect large percentages of our population. As a result, many learners arrive at school hungry. Read More

Media alert: MEC Schafer to plant fruit trees at Luleka Primary

1 August 2018

Tomorrow, Thursday 2nd August 2018, MEC Schafer will be planting fruit trees at Luleka Primary School to supplement the food produced for the feeding scheme. Read More

Bring in the specialised gang units and the army to protect our communities now

31 July 2018

Recently there has been a flare up of gang violence in communities within Cape Town as a result of ongoing gang warfare. This has had a direct impact on our schools, our teachers and learners. Read More

Incidents of burglary and vandalism during winter school holidays concerning

24 July 2018

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. Unfortunately this was the case when schools opened last... Read More

Four Cape Town learners ranked in top 20 for English Olympiad

23 July 2018

It gives me great pleasure to congratulate four Cape Town learners who were placed in the top 20 learners in the 2018 Home Language English Olympiad. Read More

Assistance for parents still requiring placement in schools in 2019

23 July 2018

It is that time of the year again when parents/guardians start to panic if their children have not been accepted into any schools for the 2019 school year. Read More

Durbanville primary school - world champions in 10th World Choir Games 2018

20 July 2018

It gives me great pleasure to congratulate the Durbanville Primary School Choir which has been named the World Champions of the 10th World Choir Games for Category 1 - Young Children's Choir. Read More

Minister Schafer calls for an end to violence in Zwelihle

19 July 2018

Four schools in Zwelihle were closed for the third day today (Thursday 19th July 2018) owing to violent protest action in the area. Read More

MEC Schafer congratulates six Cape Town learners on the 59th IMO

18 July 2018

It gives me great pleasure to congratulate the South African team that participated in the 59th International Mathematics Olympiad in Romania from 3rd to 14th July 2018. The learners are: Read More

Decline in reported learner pregnancies - Western Cape

12 July 2018

Schools in the Western Cape have reported a decline in learner pregnancies over the past three years from 2 880 in 2015 to 2 148 in 2017. The figure for 2016 was 2 412. The reports refer to totals for the previous year, based on the WCED's annual... Read More

Media alert: Automation winter workshop

2 July 2018

This week the WCED, in collaboration with Automation Works, are holding a Winter Workshop for learners at Northpine Technical High School.  (please see attached programme) Read More

Six Cape Town learners to attend 59th International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO)

29 June 2018

The South African team attending the 59th International Mathematics Olympiad are all from Cape Town schools. For the past four years, five out of the six members of the national team have been from the Western Cape. Read More

Grade 12 learners attend Winter Schools across the Western Cape

28 June 2018

With 116 days to go to the start of the 2018 NSC examinations, the next five months are a very important time in a learner's school career. Read More

MEC Schafer responds to the ANC's false claims on Amendment Bill

28 June 2018

I have taken note of the opportunism and hypocrisy of the ANC, via a statement by Faiez Jacobs on a proposed provision within the Western Cape Provincial Schools Education Amendment Bill. Read More

Media alert: Minister Schäfer to visit Grade 12 Winter School Programme

27 June 2018

Tomorrow, Thursday 28th June 2018, Minister Debbie Schäfer will visit the Grade 12 Winter Schools Holiday Programme at Uxolo, Sizimesele and Harry Gwala High Schools in Khayelitsha. Read More