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News and Speeches for Ministry of Education

Western Cape Schools are full

9 December 2019

School administrations closed on Friday (6 December 2019) with some parents still looking for places for their children in school. Officials of the Western Cape Education Department (WCED) will work closely with schools when they reopen in January... Read More

Schools break up for the summer holiday

4 December 2019

Learners officially go on holiday today, 4 December 2019. I would like to wish each and every one of them a happy and safe holiday. I am sure they will take a break from school work, but continue reading for pleasure during their holidays. Read More

Media alert: School “Building Blitz” hits Mfuleni schools

18 November 2019

Debbie Schäfer, the Western Cape Education Minister, will visit Mfuleni tomorrow (Tuesday, 19 November 2019) where about 300 international volunteers are building extra classrooms and other facilities at two schools in the township. Read More

WCED announces the top teachers in the 2019 Provincial Teaching Awards

8 November 2019

On Friday evening the Western Cape Education Department announced the names of the top teachers in the province at an event at the CCIC. Read More

Minister Schafer – Irresponsible behaviour on Guy Fawkes day must come to an end

3 November 2019

Every year we receive reports of learners behaving in an irresponsible manner on Guy Fawkes Day. Last year we received reports of learners throwing stockings filled with paint at motor vehicles, or joining in to smear fellow learners with paint. Read More

Electricity Cuts affecting NSC exams

16 October 2019

Despite various contingency measures being put in place, and assurances from ESKOM as recently as yesterday, we were unfortunately informed at the last minute that loadshedding was to take place across the country. Read More

Ministers Schäfer and Madikizela appeal to rail and taxi associations

15 October 2019

On Wednesday, the 23rd of October, the National Senior Certificate examinations begin. At times, there will be over 62 000 full and part-time candidates making their way to their examination venues across the Province. What is important is that... Read More

Media alert: Minister Schafer to visit NSC examination vault

15 October 2019

Tomorrow, Minister Schafer will be visiting the WCED NSC examination vault where thousands of examination scripts are kept under lock and key ahead of the 2019 NSC examinations. Read More

Minister warns learners of the risks of cheating in the NSC

10 October 2019

On the 23rd of October 2018, thousands of candidates will begin writing the 2019 NSC examinations. This year 53 395 full time candidates and 9 075 part-time candidates have registered for the examinations. Read More

Media alert: Minister Schäfer to witness NSC pledge signing

9 October 2019

Tomorrow, Thursday, 10 October 2019, Provincial Education Minister Debbie Schäfer will be visiting Trafalgar High School to caution candidates about cheating ahead of the 2019 National Senior Certificate (NSC) examinations and to witness the signing... Read More

Celebrating exceptional achievement in the Western Cape

3 October 2019

It has been a busy time these past two weeks, with learners competing in various events across the country. Read More

New Chief Evaluator for the School Evaluations Authority appointed

30 September 2019

Today, I am pleased to announce the appointment of the Chief Evaluator for the School Evaluations Authority (SEA) – Ms Karen Bydell. Read More

4 weeks to go to start of NSC exams - Support for NSC Candidates

25 September 2019

The matric class of 2019 is entering one of the most challenging and arguably most important times of their lives – the build up to their final school examinations.  Read More

Speech delivered on by Minister Schafer at the new Botha’s Halte Primary School

20 September 2019

“It gives me great pleasure to be with you today on this important occasion to celebrate with you the official inauguration of this beautiful state-of-the-art, world-class school facility for primary school learners. Read More

Schools operating as per normal tomorrow

5 September 2019

The WCED has become aware of a post on doing the rounds on social media today regarding a “shutdown” of schools tomorrow, Friday 6 September 2019. (Attached image) It states “Everything must shut down, Tools down. Roads closed. Schools closed.” Read More

Drawing inspiration from Global Teacher Prize Winner Peter Tabichi

4 September 2019

This morning, Global Teacher Prize winner of 2019, Peter Tabichi visited the Western Cape Provincial Legislature, where he met members of the Provincial Cabinet. Read More

Learners lead the way in water savings

3 September 2019

Joint statement from the Premier’s office and the Education Ministry   Read More

Media alert: Media opportunity to engage with Peter Tabichi

2 September 2019

This week, Peter Tabichi, Global Teacher Prize winner of 2019, will be visiting Cape Town to attend a number of events around the City. Read More

Malibu High School hair allegations

30 August 2019

I have taken note of the comments regarding the allegations of derogatory comments made to girls regarding their hair at Malibu High School. Read More

Minister Schafer calls for nominations for Teaching Awards – deadline 23 August

12 August 2019

The Annual Teaching Awards recognize excellence and professionalism and provide the education fraternity with the opportunity to celebrate the achievements of outstanding teachers. Read More