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News and Speeches for Ministry of Education

Minister Schäfer congratulates Western Cape Teacher, Wendy Horn

13 December 2017

A Cape Town teacher, Wendy Horn, Principal of Protea Heights Academy, a Maths and Science Focus School, is one of 50 finalists in the running for the Global Teacher of the Year Award 2017. Read More

Minister Schafer deeply saddened by tragic passing of Westerford High learner

10 December 2017

We are deeply saddened by the sudden passing of Shannen Rustin, a Grade 11 learner from Westerford High School. My deepest condolences go to the Rustin family, friends and Westerford Community. Read More

WCED to interrogate disappointing PIRLS results

7 December 2017

The latest Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) (2016) paints a shocking picture of the state of literacy in South African primary schools. While the study reveals that the Western Cape is well ahead of other provinces, we are... Read More

Schools save a whopping 7.6 million litres of water, thanks to smart water meter

5 December 2017

Yesterday I visited Hector Peterson Secondary School in Kraaifontein to observe highly effective, smart water metering in action. I am most impressed and very excited about the progress that the school has made since Bridgiot installed the... Read More

Practice of withholding report cards against the law and will not be tolerated

5 December 2017

Schools will issue report cards to learners across the province this week when the academic year ends for learners tomorrow, 6 December 2017. Read More

Media alert: Minister Schäfer to visit Hector Peterson SS

3 December 2017

Tomorrow, Monday 4th December 2017, Minister Debbie Schäfer will be visiting Hector Peterson Secondary School in Kraaifontein to observe the revolutionary Smart Water Meter System, Dropula in action. Read More

Ministers Schäfer and Grant encourage learners to celebrate responsibly

27 November 2017

Tomorrow, Tuesday 28th November 2017, National Senior Certificate (NSC) Candidates will write their last examination, with 924 candidates writing Design and 126 candidates writing Agricultural Management Practices. Read More

Good news for matric candidates

27 November 2017

Matric candidates will be able to collect their National Senior Certificate results an hour earlier in the Western Cape on Friday, 5 January 2018. Candidates may collect their results at their schools from 11h00 instead of 12h00 noon as originally... Read More

WCED compensates 96.5% of fee paying schools for over 80 000 learners

23 November 2017

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

Collaboration Schools reflect commitment to building partnerships

15 November 2017

Debbie Schäfer, Western Cape Education Minister, has submitted the following letter to the Cape Times, in reply to an article from Equal Education on Collaboration Schools, published by the newspaper on 9 November 2017. Read More

WCED joins Shoprite/ Cape Talk Challenge

15 November 2017

Following the success of the Bridgiot digital water metering system in reducing water consumption at Hector Peterson High School in Wallacedene, we are pleased to announce that we plan to expand the number of schools receiving the digital water... Read More

Minister Schäfer on the BELA Bill - don't fix what isn't broken

14 November 2017

The stated intention in the Memorandum on the Objects of the The Basic Education Laws Amendment Bill ("the BELA Bill") is to ensure that "systems of learning and excellence are put in place in a manner which respects, protects, promotes and fulfils... Read More

Minister Schafer pleased with progress as NSC candidates reach the halfway mark

7 November 2017

NSC Candidates have now entered the fourth week of the exams, with 14 644 writing Physical Sciences Paper 2 (Chemistry) yesterday (Monday, 6 November). Today 10 697 candidates will write Economics Paper 2, with 99 candidates writing Sesotho Home... Read More

Western Cape Top Teachers Awards - 3rd November 2017

5 November 2017

It gives me great pleasure to join you all once again this evening, at the 18th Annual Provincial Teaching Awards Ceremony, to celebrate and recognise the achievements of our educators in the Province. Read More

Curbing gang violence requires a 'whole of society approach'

27 October 2017

Recently there has been an increase in violence in communities within Cape Town as a result of ongoing gang warfare. This has had a direct impact on our schools. Read More

Ministers Schäfer and Grant appeal to metrorail and taxi associations

19 October 2017

On Tuesday 24th October 2017, thousands of matric candidates across the province will begin to write the 2017 National Senior Certificate examinations. Many of these candidates rely on public transport to make it to their examination venue each day. Read More

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