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News and Speeches for Western Cape Education Department

Minister Schäfer shocked by death of high school principal

18 September 2020

I am shocked and saddened by news that we have lost one of our principals to a senseless act of violence. Read More

Minister Schäfer wishes the 2020 matric class the best for their trial exams

16 September 2020

I would like to wish all of our matric learners the very best as they tackle their trial examinations over the next three weeks. The recommended window for the exams is 15 September to 7 October, and learners have already begun to write some of... Read More

Interests of children last on the list of priorities in capitulation to unions

24 July 2020

It is with deep disappointment that we note the decision of the national Cabinet to once again close schools for a whole month.  Read More

Covid-19 in schools – the facts

21 July 2020

There has been a great deal of interest recently in comments made by Dr Michael Ryan of the World Health Organisation regarding schools and Covid-19, which have been used to motivate for the closure of schools in South Africa. Read More

Schools Evaluation Authority to assess school responses to Covid-19

15 July 2020

Earlier this year, I announced that the Chief Evaluator of the Western Cape’s Schools Evaluation Authority (SEA), Ms Karen Bydell, had appointed two lead evaluators and two evaluators so that they could begin their work in our schools. Read More

Misleading information spread by ANC and aligned organisations

6 July 2020

I have noted the statement issued by the ANC and aligned organisations referring to the return to school of more grades in the Western Cape from tomorrow. Read More

Grades R, 6 and 11 will return to class on Monday 6 July 2020

2 July 2020

We have noted the statement by the national minister regarding today’s discussions in the Council of Education Ministers. Read More

WCED offers temporary Classroom Assistant posts during the national disaster

1 July 2020

The WCED is asking candidates who wish to be considered as temporary classroom assistants during the national state of disaster to register their profiles on our online system as part of our Classroom Assistant initiative. Read More

Disrupting schooling is harmful to learners

29 June 2020

In the past week we have seen the disruption of schooling by community members and civic organisations. It is clear that there is a lot of mobilisation among various organisations around the fact that schools are open, and in anticipation of more... Read More

Schools in Khayelitsha will be open tomorrow

28 June 2020

This evening I attended a meeting of the Khayelitsha Covid-19 Response Team by invitation of the co-chairpersons. The Response Team has been established specifically to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic in the Khayelitsha. Both myself and Minister... Read More

Quality learning @home: WCED launches Virtual Library

23 June 2020

The ability to read and write is the foundation on which all further learning is based, and the ability to read for meaning and pleasure is without a doubt the most important skill that children can learn in primary school. Read More

Update on 2021 school admissions process

21 June 2020

Just over a month ago, the WCED announced revised dates for the 2020 school admissions process in the Western Cape. Read More

WCED offers new subsidy to support water sustainability

14 June 2020

The WCED is committed to environmental sustainability, and given the footprint of schools in the province, we are significant users of natural resources. Read More

Indemnity forms and management of Covid-19 cases in schools

12 June 2020

The first two weeks of school for Grade 7s and 12s in the Western Cape proceeded well overall. Read More

Western Cape schools will be open to receive learners tomorrow

31 May 2020

In accordance with the Gazette promulgated last week by Minister Motshekga, schools are to return on 1 June 2020. Read More

Management of Covid-19 cases at Western Cape schools

29 May 2020

We have received a number of media enquiries about cases of Covid-19 at schools in the Western Cape. Read More

WCED preparations for the return of learners to schools are progressing well

20 May 2020

Following the announcement of the dates for the start of the return of learners to schools by the Minister of Basic Education, the various reactions and questions posed serve to illustrate the complexity of the decisions to be taken and plans to be... Read More

Min Schäfer welcomes the announcement of an approved date for reopening schools

19 May 2020

We welcome the announcement by the Minister of Basic Education regarding the date for the return of learners – 1 June for Grade 7s and 12s. Read More

Revised dates for the Western Cape 2021 school admissions process

14 May 2020

Parents who applied for their children to attend Western Cape Schools in 2021 earlier this year had expected to hear the outcome of their applications from this weekend. Read More