News and Speeches for Ministry of Education

Media alert: Western Cape schools to celebrate World HIV/Aids Day

30 November 2018

Tomorrow morning, the WCED will be hosting a World  HIV/AIDS day at Garlandale Secondary School in Athlone. Please see attached programme for the event. All eight Education Districts will be participating. The key theme for the days' events is "... Read More

Minister Schäfer and Minister Grant encourage learners to celebrate responsibly

26 November 2018

Today, the majority of the National Senior Certificate (NSC) Candidates will write their last examination - English Home Language and English First Additional Language, Paper 3. Read More

NSC 2018 - Results Release

20 November 2018

The much anticipated Provincial and National results of the 2018 National Senior Certificate (NSC) are expected to be announced by Minister Angie Motshekga on Thursday 3rd January 2019. Read More

WCED compensates 97% of fee paying schools

19 November 2018

Tough economic times are leading to a growing number of parents who simply cannot afford to pay school fees. This puts a massive financial strain on fee-paying schools relying on the collection of fees to sustain their daily running costs. Read More

Education Amendment Bill: The biggest Public Education Reform package since 1994

15 November 2018

It is a trite but vital statement that a child only has one opportunity to be in school. It is therefore crucial to ensure that every child has the best possible education that we can give them, or they miss out on it for life. Read More

Press statement regarding stolen matric biology papers is a fake

12 November 2018

We have taken note of the fake press statement that appears to be doing its rounds on social media and in whatsapp groups. Read More

A victory for Uitzig HS learners - WC High Court rules in favour of MEC

5 November 2018

Last week, the Western Cape High Court ruled that the application brought by the SGB of the school challenging my decision to close Uitzig High School, be dismissed with costs. Read More

WCED announces top teachers and principals

4 November 2018

On Friday, the WCED hosted the 2019 Provincial Teaching Awards. Read More

Response to ANC statement on Rustenberg Girls Junior School

4 November 2018

I note the statement by Western Cape ANC education spokesperson, Theo Olivier, regarding the Rustenburg Junior school incident. Read More

Collaboration on school safety yields jail sentence for school vandals

1 November 2018

I am delighted to announce that, after a long period of discussions between the WCED, the Western Cape Department of Community Safety, the SAPS and NPA, we have agreed on the format of a Victim Impact Statement to be used in crimes of vandalism... Read More

Two Bloemhof Girls HS learners take top two places in the 2018 SADC Essay

1 November 2018

It gives me great pleasure to congratulate two Western Cape learners, both from Bloemhof Girls High School in Stellenbosch, for being placed in first and second place nationally in the 16th Annual 2018 South African Development Community (SADC)... Read More

Matric update and appeal to part-time learners

25 October 2018

Today, National Senior Certificate candidates will be writing Tourism and Information Technology. Tomorrow, they will be writing Mathematics, Mathematics Literacy and Technical Mathematics and Religion Studies. We wish all our candidates the best... Read More

Minister Schafer wishes learners in the WC good luck for the upcoming NSC exams

22 October 2018

For the majority of our NSC candidates, Tuesday marks the start of the 2018 NSC examination period with many candidates across the Western Cape writing their first NSC examination - English Home Language, English First Additional Language and... Read More

Schools to close on 12 December 2018

22 October 2018

The WCED would like to clarify some of the confusion around the closure dates for the 2018 school year. Schools in this Province, as well as all other Provinces, will officially close on the 12th of December 2018. Read More

WCED HOD : We must together tackle substance abuse in our schools

19 October 2018

Today I received yet another video of learners smoking dagga within school premises. This is becoming a common sight within our schools and cannot be acceptable. We must tackle this head on and I request every school to ensure that they follow the... Read More

Correction: Sinako High School learner in critical condition

18 October 2018

Yesterday the WCED and the Sinako HS were informed by the South African Police Service that a Grade 8 learner had succumbed to his wounds, following an altercation with a Grade 11 learner at the school on Tuesday. Read More

Cape Argus continues to mislead its readers unabated

18 October 2018

The Cape Argus continues to mislead its readers unabated, with yet another distorted report published today on the draft Western Cape Provincial School Amendment Bill. Read More

Ministers Schäfer and Grant appeal to metrorail and taxi associations

16 October 2018

Yesterday, thousands of matric candidates across the province began writing the 2018 National Senior Certificate examinations. Many of these candidates rely solely on public transport to make it to their examination venue each day. Read More

Grade 12 learners begin writing 2018 NSC Examinations with CAT and IT

12 October 2018

On Monday 15th October 2018, 8 278 candidates will begin writing the 2018 NSC, starting with Computer Applications Technology (CAT). Of these 8 072 are full time candidates and 206 are part time candidates. Read More

MEC Schäfer cautions Gr 12 learners against cheating in the upcoming NSC exams

11 October 2018

On the 22nd October 2018, thousands of candidates will begin writing the 2018 NSC examinations. Read More