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Minister Schäfer urges caution during Easter break

31 March 2021

As schools close today for the Easter break, concerns are already growing that social gatherings and travel over this period could trigger an increase in cases of Covid-19. Read More

School admission process for 2022 extended until 1 April 2021

26 March 2021

In recent days the WCED has noticed an upsurge in website activity on the online application system. We have also received a number of requests from parents to accommodate an extension to allow parents to complete the last few applications. Read More

One year on: Education resilience in a time of Covid

25 March 2021

Tomorrow, marks the one-year anniversary of lockdown in South Africa. Education, as a sector, has certainly had its fair share of ups and downs since the 26th of March 2020, but as a sector, we are stronger and more determined than ever. Read More

Philadelphia learner writes, narrates and stars in an animated film

18 March 2021

Would it not be every Grade 4 learner’s dream to write, narrate and star in an animated film?  Well, that’s exactly what happened to a talented Grade 4 learner from Philadelphia Primary School, Keschrie Booysen, who is the 2020 Story Stars essay... Read More

Media alert: Learner becomes a Story Star

17 March 2021

Would it not be every Grade 4 learner’s dream to write, narrate and star in an animated film? Well, that is what has happened to a talented Grade 4 learner from Philadelphia Primary School.  Read More

Calling all parents: SGB elections are underway

16 March 2021

The elections for School Governing Bodies are underway in the Western Cape, and I urge all parents to participate. Read More

16 days left to apply for the 2022 school year

10 March 2021

As of midnight, on the 26th of March 2021, the WCED 2022 admissions application system will close. This means that parents and caregivers have only 16 days left to apply for admission into public schools for the 2022 school year. Read More

Western Cape 2020 National Senior Certificate Awards

9 March 2021

A lot has certainly happened over the last year!  And we can see the result of that in this rather unusual format of our award ceremony this year.  I know some are disappointed that they cannot be here physically, and I completely understand and... Read More

Media alert: Western Cape NSC 2020 Awards Ceremony

8 March 2021

Tomorrow, Tuesday 9 March 2021, the Western Cape Minister of Education, Debbie Schäfer, will be hosting the provincial National Senior Certificate (NSC) 2020 Awards Ceremony at Leeuwenhof, the Premier’s Residence. Read More