News and Speeches for Western Cape Education Department

WCED HOD : We must together tackle substance abuse in our schools

19 October 2018

Today I received yet another video of learners smoking dagga within school premises. This is becoming a common sight within our schools and cannot be acceptable. We must tackle this head on and I request every school to ensure that they follow the... Read More

Correction: Sinako High School learner in critical condition

18 October 2018

Yesterday the WCED and the Sinako HS were informed by the South African Police Service that a Grade 8 learner had succumbed to his wounds, following an altercation with a Grade 11 learner at the school on Tuesday. Read More

Cape Argus continues to mislead its readers unabated

18 October 2018

The Cape Argus continues to mislead its readers unabated, with yet another distorted report published today on the draft Western Cape Provincial School Amendment Bill. Read More

Ministers Schäfer and Grant appeal to metrorail and taxi associations

16 October 2018

Yesterday, thousands of matric candidates across the province began writing the 2018 National Senior Certificate examinations. Many of these candidates rely solely on public transport to make it to their examination venue each day. Read More

Grade 12 learners begin writing 2018 NSC Examinations with CAT and IT

12 October 2018

On Monday 15th October 2018, 8 278 candidates will begin writing the 2018 NSC, starting with Computer Applications Technology (CAT). Of these 8 072 are full time candidates and 206 are part time candidates. Read More

MEC Schäfer cautions Gr 12 learners against cheating in the upcoming NSC exams

11 October 2018

On the 22nd October 2018, thousands of candidates will begin writing the 2018 NSC examinations. Read More

Media alert: MEC Debbie Schäfer to witness NSC pledge signing

10 October 2018

Tomorrow, Thursday 11th October 2018, MEC Debbie Schäfer will be visiting Fisantekraal High School to caution candidates about cheating ahead of the 2018 National Senior Certificate (NSC) examinations and to witness the signing of a commitment... Read More

MEC Schafer extends condolences to the late MEC Mandla Makupula's family

8 October 2018

It is with great sadness that I have heard of the passing of my colleague in the Eastern Cape, MEC Mandla Makupula. In the time that I knew him, he was always cheerful, despite health challenges. Read More

Fourth and Final Term of 2018 set to be a busy and important one

8 October 2018

Tomorrow more than a million learners in the Western Cape will return to school for the fourth and final term of the 2018 academic year. Read More

WCED Announces a plan to address teacher stress and safety challenges

5 October 2018

Today I join my colleagues in the WCED in celebrating our teachers who make a difference every day in the life of a child. The WCED is pleased to mark this day, as we celebrate the important contribution that teachers make in providing quality... Read More

Career Awareness Week: 15-19 Oct 2018: Preparing learners for the world of work

4 October 2018

The subject decisions that young people make at school have a big impact on their lives - affecting both their further education, training and employment opportunities. Choosing a career is incredibly important, and it requires matching interests... Read More

Media alert: Learners to showcase their bricklaying and carpentry skills

28 September 2018

Tomorrow, the WCED will be hosting the 2018 Practical Skills Competition for Technical Skills. Read More

Learner violence against educators will not be tolerated

17 September 2018

In recent weeks there have been a number of incidents in some provinces of teachers being attacked physically by learners. Some of the reports and images have shocked the education community. We cannot live in a society where our teachers teach in... Read More

Over 8 000 learner places being blocked by parents

6 September 2018

The WCED has an admission system in place called the School Admissions Management Information (SAMI), that can determine whether learners have been captured twice or more on school admission lists. Read More

2018 NSC: 40 days to go - support for trial examinations and 2018 NSC

3 September 2018

Today, thousands of NSC candidates across the Western Cape will begin writing the 2018 NSC trial examinations. Read More

Another learner abduction reported, in the Southern Suburbs

28 August 2018

Earlier this month, we received reports of 2 kidnappings in the Zonneblom area and one attempted abduction in Rylands. Read More

MEC Schäfer donates a year’s worth of stationery to One Plek Shelter for Girls

27 August 2018

This afternoon I visited Ons Plek Shelter for Girls to donate one year's worth of stationery to assist the learners' with their education. Read More

Media alert: MEC Schäfer to handover stationery to Ons Plek Girls Shelter

24 August 2018

On Monday 27th August 2018, Provincial Education MEC, Debbie Schafer will handover stationery to Ons Plek Girls Shelter. As part of Women's month celebrations, MEC Schafer has donated one year's worth of stationery to assist the girls with their... Read More

1 policeman to 521 residents in Khayelitsha

21 August 2018

Nine Khayelitsha schools were shut down yesterday by illegal protest action - co-ordinated by SANCO and COSAS in the main. This affected almost 9 000 learners. Read More

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