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News and Speeches for Western Cape Education Department

Ministers Schäfer and Winde oversee Search and Seizure Operation at Woodlands HS

28 February 2019

Lately there has been a flare up of gang violence throughout the Province. Although the majority of incidents are off school premises and within the community affected, gang violence can spill over into schools when learners are directly involved.  Read More

Gugulethu and Phillippi schools scoop Mathematics Excellence Awards

27 February 2019

On Tuesday evening, 26th February, the WCED hosted the Annual LITNUM awards to acknowledge and celebrate the top achievers in the systemic tests of 2018 in the Province.  My hearty congratulations go to all schools that won awards. Read More

Fake enrolment notice circulating in Cape Town

26 February 2019

Yesterday, the WCED was made aware of a fake notice/advert that is currently being circulated in Du Noon. The advert reads as follows: Read More

Media alert: Ministers Schäfer and Winde to oversee search and seizure operation

26 February 2019

On Thursday 28th February 2019, Western Cape Education Minister, Debbie Schäfer and Western Cape Minister for Community Safety, Alan Winde will be overseeing a search and seizure operation at a Cape Town School. Read More

WCED’s Raise your voice – Not your phone campaign kicks off for 2019

20 February 2019

In 2019, we want all our schools to celebrate and encourage the diversity, uniqueness and talents of all our learners in this province, no matter what their circumstances. Read More

Speech delivered by WC MEC Debbie Schäfer at the Debate on the Premier’s SOPA

19 February 2019

On Friday, the Premier showed us how, when the voting public is prepared to “swim upstream”, and vote differently to the rest of the country, they reap substantial rewards. Read More

Media alert: MEC Schäfer and DJ Carl Wastie to kick off anti-bullying campaign

19 February 2019

Tomorrow, Provincial Education MEC, Debbie Schafer and radio DJ Carl Wastie will be kicking off the WCED’s “Raise Your Voice, Not Your Phone” anti-bullying campaign for 2019 at Westridge Secondary School in Mitchells Plain.   Read More

Minister Schäfer announces the opening of enrolments for 2020

14 February 2019

Tomorrow, the 2020 school enrolment process opens in all public schools across the Western Cape. School admissions open on the 15th of February 2019 and close on the 15th of March 2019. Read More

Media alert: Early enrolment campaign

13 February 2019

With school enrolments opening on Friday 15th February 2019, tomorrow (Thursday) Western Cape MEC for Education Debbie Schäfer will be at the Golden Acre Mall engaging with parents to outline the importance of early enrolment as well as to urge... Read More

Mr Arendse should get his facts straight

8 February 2019

Mr Arendse should get his facts right before approaching media with his uninformed and wild accusations.  The accusations he makes are extremely serious and have no substance whatsoever.   The facts as reported to me are as follows:   Read More

Sans Souci Girls High School – corporal punishment is unacceptable

6 February 2019

I am aware of a video that is circulating on social media of an incident between a learner and an educator at Sans Souci Girls High School during class time. Read More

Community Protest Action in Mfuleni preventing access to schools

1 February 2019

The WCED has for some time been negotiating with the Mfuleni Education Forum and the Mfuleni Development Forum with regards to new schools to accommodate the learners who still require placement. Read More

Western Cape schools bursting at the seams

1 February 2019

The WCED has received and collated enrolment figures for the 2019 school year. As it stands, the schooling system in this Province has increased by 18 285 learners compared to last year, 16 285 of which are from outside the Province. Read More

WC MECs of Education and Health visit School Wellness mobile at Yomelela Primary

29 January 2019

Today, Western Cape Minister of Health, Dr Nomafrench Mbombo and Western Cape Minister of Education, Ms Debbie Schafer visited the Wellness mobile for school health at Yomelela Primary School in Khayelitsha where Gr R - Grade 1 learners at the... Read More

2018 Systemic Test results show steady improvement since 2011

21 January 2019

The 2018 systemic test results have now been released to schools. I am pleased that, since 2011, when we increased the difficulty of these tests, there is a steady improvement. Read More

Uitzig HS will open - but the victory is Tony Ehrenreich's, not the learners

18 January 2019

On Wednesday, the High Court ruled in favour of the former SGB at Uitzig Secondary School, finding that the rules of court pertaining to appeals dictates this to be the case. Read More

School Burglary and Vandalism is a not a fight that we can tackle alone

17 January 2019

Despite increased security measures at schools across the province during the December holiday period, perpetrators still continue to target our schools. Read More

Deadline for NSC exam applications is Tuesday, 22 January 2019

14 January 2019

While many candidates are celebrating their success in the 2018 National Senior Certificate examinations, there are candidates who did not receive the results that they had hoped to achieve. Read More

Western Cape celebrates matric success

10 January 2019

A very warm welcome to everyone, to this last matric awards celebration for this term of office. It is definitely one of my favourite events of the year. Read More

MECs Schäfer and Winde kick off 2019; Learner Placement Task Teams activated

9 January 2019

Today was an exciting day for many learners and parents as over 1.1 million learners started school in the Western Cape - many for the first time. This year, primary schools across the province have welcomed 108 325 Grade 1's and 83 360 Grade 8... Read More