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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

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

WCED Winter holiday programmes for learners and educators

22 June 2018

Today brings to a close the second school term of the 2018 academic year and the start of the winter school holidays. Following a busy examination period, this is a much needed break for many learners and educators across the province. Read More

Three teachers hijacked at gunpoint on school premises - ACJ Phakade Primary

18 June 2018

On Monday morning, three teachers from ACJ Phakade Primary School in Nomzamo were hijacked at gunpoint as they arrived at school. Read More

MEC Schafer at the Policy debate on Budget Vote No 14 – Basic Education

14 June 2018

"Chairperson, Minister Motshekga announced in her speech in the National Assembly last month, the measures that her Department is taking to improve quality and efficiency in education throughout the country, with a renewed emphasis on curriculum... Read More

Minister Schafer announces R10 000 reward for information following armed attack

5 June 2018

In the last three weeks there have been 4 separate armed attacks on our schools. The armed robberies were timed to take place just after the school day had ended, with learners and educators still participating in after-school activities and... Read More

Western Cape Education MEC and HOD meet with EE leadership

27 May 2018

On Thursday evening (24th May 2018), we held a very productive meeting with the leadership of Equal Education (EE) regarding the current concerning allegations of sexual harassment against three of their senior leaders. Read More

Western Cape 2017 NSC pass rate increases to 84.3% after Supplementary Exams

24 May 2018

The Western Cape 2017 NSC pass rate has increased from 82.8% to 84.3% following the completion of the Supplementary Examinations. Candidates who qualified to write the supplementary examinations did so in February and March this year. Read More

Fire at De La Bat School for the Deaf

22 May 2018

Late on Monday afternoon at around 15h00, the junior boys' hostel at De La Bat School for the Deaf in Worcester was extensively damaged in a fire. Read More