News and Speeches for Western Cape Education Department

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