News and Speeches for Ministry of Education

Estimated costs of damage to schools reaches R124 million

19 June 2017

The storm that hit the Western Cape on Wednesday, 7 June, damaged 170 schools, according to the latest report compiled by the Western Cape Education Department (WCED). In addition, two were damaged by the inferno that engulfed the Southern Cape. Read More

Mother of all Cape Storms Damages 135 schools across the Western Cape

9 June 2017

Learners and educators returned to school on Thursday (8th June 2017) after schools were closed on Wednesday as a result of severe weather that hit the Cape for a period of almost 36 hours. Read More

Schools to reopen after devastating storm

7 June 2017

Schools across the Western Cape will reopen tomorrow (Thursday, 8 June), following the severe storm that struck the province on Tuesday night. Read More

WCED HOD closes Western Cape schools ahead of severe weather warning

6 June 2017

After extensive consultation with all roleplayers and at the recommendation of the Provincial Disaster Risk Management and SA Weather Service, I have taken the unprecedented decision in the interest of learner and educator safety to close schools in... Read More

Minister Schafer appeals to schools to complete textbook orders on time for 2018

5 June 2017

Principals have one week left to ensure that they have ordered sufficient textbooks for the 2018 academic year. The Western Cape Education Department opened the online ordering system for textbook procurement for the 2018 school year on the 29th May... Read More

Minister Schafer calls on Minister of Police to fulfil 2015 promise of gang unit

1 June 2017

In 2015, Minister Nathi Nhleko made a public commitment to bring back the specialized gang units within the South African Police Service (SAPS). Read More

Western Cape matric pass rate now up to 87.3% after supplementary exams

15 May 2017

Colin Powell said "There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure." I am therefore delighted to announce the results of the supplementary examinations for the 2016 National Senior Certificate... Read More

Fourth day of schooling missed due to protests regarding housing

10 May 2017

I strongly condemn the violent protest action in Section 4 of Gugulethu over the last week that has led to a concerning disruption of schooling at Vukukhanye Primary School. I have raised this with the City of Cape Town as a matter of urgency. Read More

Increase in the number of schools targeted over the Easter Holidays

20 April 2017

During the April school holiday period, the WCED's Safe Schools directorate increased security at identified high risk schools and deployed additional security to these schools. Read More

Principal of Bishop Lavis school of skills stabbed after receiving threats

19 April 2017

Two assailants brutally stabbed the Principal of the Bishops School of Skills, Mr Wayne Abrahams, in Bishop Lavis early this morning. Read More

WCED April holiday programmes for learners and educators

30 March 2017

Tomorrow brings to a close the first term of the 2017 academic year. Despite some minor challenges I am pleased to see that the majority of our schools in the Western Cape started teaching and learning on day one of the school year. Read More

Western Cape Government Education Budget Vote 2017/2018

29 March 2017

Madam Speaker, it gives me pleasure to present to you my third budget since I took office in 2014. Read More

Media Alert: Minister Schafer to present the 2017/2018 Education Budget Speech

28 March 2017

Tomorrow, Wednesday 29th March 2017, at 17h00, Minister Schäfer will be delivering the 2017/2018 Education Budget Vote speech in the Western Cape Provincial Parliament. Read More

Western Cape teacher wins top national award for primary school teaching

27 March 2017

We are very fortunate in the Western Cape to have many educators who continue to go selflessly beyond the call of duty to ensure that their learners receive the best quality education.    Read More

More than 7000 learners in the Western Cape qualify for Supplementary Exams

18 January 2016

Denis Watley said “Failure should be our teacher, not our undertaker. Failure is delay, not defeat. It is a temporary detour, not a dead end. Failure is something we can avoid only by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing.”  Read More

WCED urges parents without places for their children to contact district offices

12 January 2016

Statement by Western Cape Education Minister, Debbie Schäfer On Wednesday, close to a million learners are expected to arrive at schools across the Western Cape to begin the 2016 school year.  Read More

Western Cape claims top spot while retaining quality

6 January 2016

Statement by Debbie Schäfer, Western Cape Minister of Education I am extremely happy with the Western Cape provincial results of the 2015 National Senior Certificate examinations. Read More

Western Cape Education Department to expand competency based assessments

21 April 2015

Statement by Debbie  Schäfer, Western Cape Minister of Education Read More

Minister Schäfer concerned about the increase in burglary vandalism

20 April 2015

Statement by Debbie Schäfer, Western Cape Minister of Education Despite increased security measures, wherever possible, each school holiday, a small number of schools fall victim to incidents of burglary and vandalism. Read More

Minister Schäfer to monitor latecomers at Inkwenkwezi Secondary School

15 April 2015

Tomorrow, Thursday 16 April 2015, Western Cape Minister of Education, Debbie Schäfer will be monitoring latecomers at Inkwenkwezi Secondary School.  Read More