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News and Speeches for Western Cape Education Department

End of year message from Minister Schäfer

14 December 2021

As schools close on Wednesday 15 December, we reflect on the 2021 academic year, which got off to a bumpy start with delayed reopening. Read More

Minister Schäfer urges caution regarding matric rage events

16 November 2021

As we near the halfway mark for the 2021 NSC exams, I appeal to all matric learners to carefully consider the risks of attending matric rage and other social events at this time. Read More

My Covid Journey: Minister Schäfer launches competition

3 November 2021

In celebration of International School Library Month, which took place during October, the WCED will again hold a school library competition in which learners can help their school win R25 000 to spend on school library resources. Read More

Media alert: Western Cape Cabinet wishes Class of 2021 good luck

27 October 2021

Premier Alan Winde and the ministers of the Western Cape Cabinet have wished the matric Class of 2021 the very best for their National Senior Certificate exams which began today. Read More

The Western Cape Class of 2021 in numbers

24 October 2021

73 966 candidates will write the 2021 November National Senior Certificate exams in the Western Cape. This includes 59 849 full time candidates, and 14 117 part-time candidates. Read More

Minister Schäfer issues stern warning to matrics: cheating is not worth it!

21 October 2021

Last year, a serious National Senior Certificate exam leak almost led to the rewriting of certain matric exams across the country. This illustrates just how much damage leaking and cheating can do, with far-reaching consequences not just for the... Read More

Minister Schäfer appeals to all residents to avoid disrupting exams

18 October 2021

The practical exams for the National Senior Certificate (NSC) exams for 2021 begin tomorrow. 10 058 learners will complete their Computer Applications Technology (CAT) practical exam on Tuesday, while 875 learners have their Information Technology... Read More

Minister Schäfer visits learners in pioneering digital classroom

17 October 2021

On Friday, I was joined by the WCED’s Superintendent-General, Mr Brent Walters, on a visit to the iBhodi Trust digital classroom to engage with the learners receiving their education online. Read More

Matric support resources in the countdown to the start of the NSC exams

14 October 2021

With matric exams starting on the 27th of October, it is crucial that all Grade 12 learners spend time revising their work in preparation. Read More

Media alert: Launch of the National Schools Hygiene Programme

14 October 2021

Tomorrow, the National Schools Hygiene Programme (NSHP) will be launched at Zimasa Primary School in Langa Township, Cape Town. It is an initiative supported by Unilever through its brands, Lifebuoy, Mentadent P and Domestos. Read More

MEC urges people to make use of mental health interventions for Matriculants

11 October 2021

As October is National Mental Health Awareness Month, I would like to make a special appeal to all Western Cape residents to support and be mindful of our matric Class of 2021 as we count down toward the start of the National Senior Certificate (NSC... Read More

Minister Schäfer congratulates Western Cape winners of National Teaching Awards

6 October 2021

I am thrilled to congratulate our provincial winners of National Teaching Awards (NTAs), announced this morning during a hybrid event streamed live from Gauteng. Our provincial nominees have done us extremely proud with exceptional results. Read More

WCED celebrates World Teachers’ Day with a month-long campaign

4 October 2021

The 5th of October is World Teachers’ Day, a day on which teachers across the world are celebrated. Read More

Minister Schäfer encourages learners to register to vote

16 September 2021

This weekend is the last opportunity to register to vote before the Local Government Elections on 1 November 2021. I urge all of our learners aged 18 and over to register to vote in the 2021 Local Government Elections during the Registration Weekend... Read More

WCED and WC DoH join forces again to vaccinate matric learners

14 September 2021

With matric exams just around the corner, I want to encourage as many of our matric learners aged 18 and over to receive the Covid-19 vaccine as soon as possible in time for their National Senior Certificate examinations. Read More

Minister Schäfer kicks off National Book Week in Oudtshoorn

7 September 2021

Yesterday, I visited Laerskool Laurus in Oudtshoorn to kick off National Book Week by spending some time reading with Foundation Phase learners. National Book Week is celebrated in September each year, aimed at encouraging all South Africans to... Read More

Media alert: National Teaching Awards – Western Cape Provincial Awards Ceremony

3 September 2021

This evening, 3 September 2021, Premier Alan Winde will join the provincial Minister of Education, Debbie Schäfer, and the Head: Education, Brent Walters, in announcing the provincial winners of the 2021 National Teaching Awards. Read More

Minister Schäfer celebrates the provincial winners of the NTA

3 September 2021

This evening I was joined by the Premier of the Western Cape, Alan Winde, as the WCED announced the provincial winners of the 2021 National Teaching Awards. They will go on to represent us in the national competition next month. Read More

38 schools fall victim to criminals during July school holidays

1 August 2021

38 Western Cape schools have reported incidents of vandalism, burglary, or attempted burglary, over the July school holidays. I am extremely disappointed that our schools have once again been targeted by ruthless criminals while closed for the... Read More

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