News and Speeches for Western Cape Education Department

Western Cape matric pass rate now up to 87.3% after supplementary exams

15 May 2017

Colin Powell said "There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure." I am therefore delighted to announce the results of the supplementary examinations for the 2016 National Senior Certificate... Read More

Fourth day of schooling missed due to protests regarding housing

10 May 2017

I strongly condemn the violent protest action in Section 4 of Gugulethu over the last week that has led to a concerning disruption of schooling at Vukukhanye Primary School. I have raised this with the City of Cape Town as a matter of urgency. Read More

Increase in the number of schools targeted over the Easter Holidays

20 April 2017

During the April school holiday period, the WCED's Safe Schools directorate increased security at identified high risk schools and deployed additional security to these schools. Read More

Principal of Bishop Lavis school of skills stabbed after receiving threats

19 April 2017

Two assailants brutally stabbed the Principal of the Bishops School of Skills, Mr Wayne Abrahams, in Bishop Lavis early this morning. Read More

WCED April holiday programmes for learners and educators

30 March 2017

Tomorrow brings to a close the first term of the 2017 academic year. Despite some minor challenges I am pleased to see that the majority of our schools in the Western Cape started teaching and learning on day one of the school year. Read More

Media Alert: Minister Schafer to present the 2017/2018 Education Budget Speech

28 March 2017

Tomorrow, Wednesday 29th March 2017, at 17h00, Minister Schäfer will be delivering the 2017/2018 Education Budget Vote speech in the Western Cape Provincial Parliament. Read More

Western Cape teacher wins top national award for primary school teaching

27 March 2017

We are very fortunate in the Western Cape to have many educators who continue to go selflessly beyond the call of duty to ensure that their learners receive the best quality education.    Read More

More than 7000 learners in the Western Cape qualify for Supplementary Exams

18 January 2016

Denis Watley said “Failure should be our teacher, not our undertaker. Failure is delay, not defeat. It is a temporary detour, not a dead end. Failure is something we can avoid only by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing.”  Read More

WCED urges parents without places for their children to contact district offices

12 January 2016

Statement by Western Cape Education Minister, Debbie Schäfer On Wednesday, close to a million learners are expected to arrive at schools across the Western Cape to begin the 2016 school year.  Read More

Western Cape claims top spot while retaining quality

6 January 2016

Statement by Debbie Schäfer, Western Cape Minister of Education I am extremely happy with the Western Cape provincial results of the 2015 National Senior Certificate examinations. Read More

Western Cape Education Department to expand competency based assessments

21 April 2015

Statement by Debbie  Schäfer, Western Cape Minister of Education Read More

Minister Schäfer concerned about the increase in burglary vandalism

20 April 2015

Statement by Debbie Schäfer, Western Cape Minister of Education Despite increased security measures, wherever possible, each school holiday, a small number of schools fall victim to incidents of burglary and vandalism. Read More

Minister Schäfer to monitor latecomers at Inkwenkwezi Secondary School

15 April 2015

Tomorrow, Thursday 16 April 2015, Western Cape Minister of Education, Debbie Schäfer will be monitoring latecomers at Inkwenkwezi Secondary School.  Read More

First term ends for schools in Western Cape

1 April 2015

Statement by Debbie Schäfer, Western Cape Minister of Education Read More

Minister Schäfer says Minister Surty should set better example

19 March 2015

Statement by Debbie Schäfer, Western Cape Minister of Education Read More

Minister Schäfer condemns violent protest action at Imvumelwano Primary School

17 March 2015

Statement by Western Cape Minister of Education Debbie Schäfer Read More

Minister Schäfer comments on protest outside WCED head office

6 March 2015

Statement by Western Cape Minister of Education Debbie Schäfer This morning, learners from Phillipi Secondary School protested outside the head office of the Western Cape Education Department. Read More

South Africa’s second biggest election process officially begins tomorrow

6 March 2015

Tomorrow, the first of all schools across the country will begin to hold their School Governing Body (SGB) Elections. Read More

Minister Schäfer announces the new Western Cape Education Council

26 February 2015

Statement by Western Cape Minister of Education Debbie Schäfer Read More

Media Alert: Minister Schäfer to host 2014 ABET Level 4 Awards Ceremony

24 February 2015

Tonight the Western Cape Education Department (WCED) will be celebrating the top achievers in the 2014 ABET Level 4 examinations. Read More