News and Speeches for Ministry of Education

Minister Schäfer very pleased with drop in incidents of burglary and vandalism

16 October 2017

Incidents of burglary and vandalism during the 2017 Spring School holiday period have dropped from 22 incidents in the 2016 spring holiday to 12 incidents in the same period in 2017. Read More

Grade 12 learners begin writing 2017 NSC Examinations

13 October 2017

On Monday 16th October 2017, 8 079 candidates will begin writing the 2017 NSC, starting with Computer Applications Technology. Of these 7 807 are full time candidates and 272 are part time candidates. Read More

Minister Schäfer cautions Grade 12 learners against cheating in the NSC Exams

12 October 2017

This year 51 987 full time candidates and 13 912 part-time candidates have registered for the 2017 NSC in the Western Cape. Read More

Media alert: Minister Debbie Schäfer to witness NSC pledge signing & caution NSC

11 October 2017

Tomorrow, Thursday 12th October 2017, Minister Debbie Schäfer will be visiting Intshukumo Senior Secondary School in Gugulethu to caution candidates about cheating ahead of the 2017 National Senior Certificate (NSC) examinations and to witness the... Read More

WCED takes steps to protect the integrity of the 2017 NSC examinations

10 October 2017

Ensuring the integrity of the National Senior Certificate examinations is of utmost importance to the Western Cape Education Department (WCED). Read More

Completion expected soon on brand new R60 million Eerste River HS project

10 October 2017

Today, Minister Schäfer and Minister Grant visited the new Eerste River High School in Blue Downs, Cape Town. The brand new, state-of-the-art, R60 million school is fast nearing completion since construction commenced in June 2016. Read More

Media alert: Ministers Grant and Schäfer to visit site of brand new school

9 October 2017

Tomorrow, Tuesday 10th October 2017, Minister of Transport and Public Works, Donald Grant, and Minister of Education, Debbie Schäfer, will be visiting the site of the brand new Eerste Rivier High School in Blue Downs. Read More

The Western Cape takes double gold at the national Young Historians' awards

6 October 2017

Dayyaan Edries, a Grade 10 learner from Vista Nova High School and his teacher Ms. Pertunia Mutheiwana, won the National Young Historians' Award which was held at the Department of Basic Education in Pretoria from 29th September to 2nd October 2017. Read More

World Teachers' Day 2017 - let's celebrate our teachers!

5 October 2017

Dr Forest E Witcraft, said that: "A hundred years from now, it will not matter what kind of car I drove, what kind of house I lived in, how much money I had in the bank ... but the world may be a better place because I made a difference in the life... Read More

Response of decision to close Uitzig High School

4 October 2017

After much consideration, I have decided to close Uitzig High School with effect from next year. My decision was made after due process in terms of the South African Schools Act was complied with, and mindful of the fact that high court litigation... Read More

2017 NSC: Thousands of matrics attend WCED spring schools

3 October 2017

Roman philosopher Seneca once said, "Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity" and with only 19 days to go to the National Senior Certificate Examinations (NSC) 2017, this is a crucial time for our Grade 12 learners where preparation... Read More

MEDIA ALERT: Minister Debbie Schäfer to visit Grade 12 'Spring School'

2 October 2017

With only 20 days to go to the National Senior Certificate Exams (NSC) 2017, this is a crucial time for our Grade 12 learners. Read More

Registrations open for Senior Examinations 2018

2 October 2017

I am aware that there are a number of learners in the Western Cape, who for very different reasons were not able to write their matric examinations or complete their high school careers. Read More

World body elects Cape Town principal as leader

29 September 2017

We are proud to announce that Alta van Heerden, Principal of Sunlands Primary in Kenwyn, Cape Town, has been elected President-Elect of the International Confederation of Principals (ICP). Read More

Bullying tactics develop with modern technology

27 September 2017

The recent reports of bullying both in the Western Cape and across the country are very disturbing. Read More

Minister Schafer concerned as 66.7% of learners tested for drugs were positive

21 September 2017

Recent statistics show the extent of substance abuse by our youth in some of our communities. Particularly concerning is that this problem extends not only to high school learners, but primary school learners too. Read More

Ministers strongly condemn arson attack on Thembalethu school construction site

15 September 2017

The Departments of Education (WCED) and Transport and Public (DTPW) strongly condemn the arson attacks on the construction site of the Thembalethu Secondary School in George. Read More

40 days to the 2017 NSC: WCED support for Candidates

12 September 2017

The matric class of 2017 is entering arguably one of the most challenging and stressful time of their lives so far - the build up to their final examinations. To the 2017 NSC Candidates, your success will depend on what you put into your studies. Read More

Fire at Northway Primary School destroys two classrooms and part of the school h

11 September 2017

On Monday (11th September 2017) at around 1am, a fire at Northway Primary School in Ravensmead destroyed two classrooms and the school hall. The cause of the fire is not yet known, but fire authorities are investigating. Read More

Clarity on independent schools subsidy

21 August 2017

Earlier this month, the Chairperson of the Standing Committee released a press statement that indicated that the Western Cape Education Department (WCED) provides subsidies to 101 independent schools. Read More