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Criminals target Western Cape schools during holiday period

27 January 2023

Western Cape schools again fell victim to criminal activity during the December/January school holidays. Read More

#ClassOf2022 continues to close the inequality gap

20 January 2023

This morning I visited Hector Peterson Secondary School in Wallacedene to celebrate the release of the individual 2022 National Senior Certificate Results to candidates. Read More

Media alert: Western Cape NSC 2022 results

19 January 2023

The results of the 2022 National Senior Certificate exams will be announced today and tomorrow. All statements and soundbites will be posted on the WCED’s media group on WhatsApp. To be added to the group, please send your cellphone number to Kerry. Read More

Western Cape #ClassOf2022 beat the odds!

19 January 2023

We are delighted that the Western Cape matric Class of 2022 has beaten the odds and increased our provincial matric pass rate to 81.4%, with 49 102 candidates passing their exams – the largest number of successful candidates we’ve ever had! Read More

Premier Winde and Minister Maynier welcome Western Cape learners back to school

18 January 2023

This morning, Premier Alan Winde joined me for a visit to Starling Primary School, to celebrate the start of the 2023 school year and welcome learners back to school in the Western Cape. Read More

Premier Winde and Minister Maynier to visit Starling Primary School

17 January 2023

On Wednesday, 18 January 2023, Premier Alan Winde will join Western Cape Minister of Education, David Maynier, and the WCED’s Superintendent-General, Mr Brent Walters, for a visit to Starling Primary School to celebrate the start of the school year. Read More

Reminder of prohibition of political activities in schools

17 January 2023

We are aware of various representatives of political parties currently undertaking visits to our schools as we start the school year, and planned visits for the first day of school. Read More

99.2% of Grade 1 and 8 learners placed in the Western Cape

16 January 2023

The Western Cape Education Department is ready for the 2023 school year, with 35 872 teachers and 7 578 public service staff returning to schools today to prepare for the arrival of over 1.2 million learners on Wednesday, 18 January 2023. Read More

Gains made in placement, but late applications are a reality

15 January 2023

As of 20 December 2022, 99% of our Grade 1 and 8 learners had been placed at schools for the start of the school year, with 680 learners still requiring placement. Read More

Western Cape schools are now full

21 December 2022

Earlier this week Premier Alan Winde joined for a site visit to Rosendaal High School in Delft, where we are constructing a new Junior High School campus as part of our unprecedented school infrastructure delivery programme, which aims to deliver... Read More

#ClassOf2022: Matric exams conclude successfully in the Western Cape

7 December 2022

This week, a very successful National Senior Certificate (NSC) exam session comes to a close in the Western Cape. Read More

Debate on Vote 5: Education Adjustment Budget

5 December 2022

Honourable Chairperson, Our budget is indeed a ‘Framework for Hope’: Hope for our parents, Hope for our teachers, And most crucially, hope for our children. Read More

Minister Maynier urges candidates to celebrate responsibly during matric rage

1 December 2022

Matric rage events will kick off in the Western Cape and other provinces this weekend, and we urge all of our candidates to celebrate safely and responsibly this year. Read More

We are building the equivalent of a new school every four days!

30 November 2022

Yesterday I visited Westridge Secondary School in Mitchell’s Plain and Hindle High School in Delft to view the additional Moladi classrooms being constructed for the 2023 school year. Read More

SANTACO taxi strike keeps over 128 000 children home from school

24 November 2022

While Western Cape matric candidates were all able to write their exams this week, the rest of our learners were severely affected by the SANTACO taxi strike held on 21 to 22 November 2022. Read More

WCED announces unprecedented school infrastructure delivery programme

22 November 2022

Statement by Minister David Maynier, Western Cape Minister of Education  Read More

Contingency measures in place to assist matrics during SANTACO strike

20 November 2022

We are deeply disappointed by SANTACO Western Cape’s decision to undertake strike action, as it will have a serious impact on our learners writing end-of-year exams, and our matric exams in particular. Read More

Western Cape public schools paid over R36 million in bank charges in 2021

17 November 2022

Western Cape public schools paid a total of over R36 million in bank charges last year, at an average of R23 572 per school. Read More

Schools can win R25 000 for library resources in the ‘Letter to my library’ comp

15 November 2022

Entries are now open for our annual school library competition, and six learners will win R25 000 in library resources for their school! Read More

Media alert: Applications now open for 2023 World’s Best School Prizes

11 November 2022

The applications for the 2023 World’s Best School Prizes are now open! Schools can visit for information on how to apply before 15 March 2023. Read More