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News and Speeches for Ministry of Education

WCED offers condolences to family of Stanley Henkeman

18 December 2020

It is with great sadness that I have learned of the passing of Stanley Henkeman, Executive Director of the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation (IJR). Read More

TIMSS 2019 provincial results show that WC education continues to improve

11 December 2020

The Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) has presented the detailed Western Cape results of the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) 2019. Read More

#CommitToFinish: Covid-19 concerns over ‘matric rage’ and holidays

10 December 2020

In the past two weeks, we have seen a significant rise in the number of Covid-19 cases across the country. Many Western Cape residents are understandably raising concerns as to what will happen during the school holidays, when learners and their... Read More

Media alert: HSRC to present analysis of Western Cape TIMMS results

10 December 2020

Tomorrow, the  Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) will be presenting an analysis of the Western Cape’s 2019 Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) results. Read More

WCED takes a stand against Gender Based Violence

9 December 2020

The Western Cape Education Department (WCED) supports the 16 Days for No Violence Against Women and Children, a global campaign calling for an end to Gender-based Violence (GBV). Read More

TIMSS 2019 confirms WC delivers the best education in Mathematics and Science

8 December 2020

The results of the 2019 Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) were released today, and have confirmed that the Western Cape is the country’s top-performing province in Mathematics and Science. Read More

Brackenfell High School matric function

7 December 2020

I have received a report from the WCED following the furore that erupted regarding a matric event attended by Brackenfell High School learners. The facts that have been ascertained are set out below, and corroborate the initial reports that this... Read More

NSC National Rewrite in Mathematics Paper 2 and Physical Sciences Paper 2

4 December 2020

This afternoon, the National Minister for Basic Education announced that two National Senior Certificate Examination Papers will be rewritten nationally following an investigation into the leaks of the Mathematics Paper 2 and Physical Sciences Paper... Read More

Head of Department sends message to NSC candidates regarding alleged leaks

26 November 2020

I am aware of the announcement by the Department of Basic Education (DBE) that some National Senior Certificate (NSC) examination papers have allegedly been leaked. This places much stress on our candidates. Read More

My Octopus Teacher – a school library competition celebrating our teachers

24 November 2020

In recognition of October having been both national Teachers Month and International School Library Month, the WCED is holding a school library competition that celebrates the wonderful work our teachers have done this year – and every year! Read More

Schools Evaluation Authority launches website

23 November 2020

On Wednesday last week, the Western Cape’s Schools Evaluation Authority (SEA) launched its website. Premier Alan Winde and I joined the SEA’s Chief Evaluator, Ms Karen Bydell, in celebrating the milestone. Read More

Social Media account allegedly impersonated and a fake one created to cause harm

19 November 2020

The WCED has been made aware of very disturbing social media accounts that contain racist and offensive commentary. The accounts have been linked to a 15 year old learner from Table View High School, and another in the name of the school. Read More

EFF cancels meeting with Minister Schäfer

18 November 2020

The EFF has cancelled their meeting with me which was scheduled for tomorrow, in which we were supposed to discuss the party’s concerns about Brackenfell High School. Read More

Minister Schäfer calls for calm and consideration of learners’ best interests

17 November 2020

Following on their protest at Brackenfell High School last Monday, 9 November 2020, which resulted in violent altercations outside the school, the EFF has been granted permission by the City of Cape Town for 100 members to protest again outside... Read More

Minister Schäfer extends condolences following suicide of two Grade 11 learners

14 November 2020

I am deeply distressed by the news that two of our Grade 11 girls have committed suicide this week. I would firstly like to extend my deepest condolences to the families of the girls, their friends, teachers and all at La Rochelle High School. Read More

Exam Disruption due to protest action

12 November 2020

The WCED is very concerned about the candidates that are experiencing difficulty in getting to their exam centres as a result of protest action affecting various traffic routes. Read More

The WCED is recruiting over 20 000 Education and General School Assistants

12 November 2020

As part of President Cyril Ramaphosa’s Presidential Employment Stimulus Programme, the Western Cape Education Department is looking to recruit over 20 000 Education Assistants and General School Assistants for schools over the next few months. Read More

Brackenfell HS - Addressing discrimination in a courageous and mature manner

10 November 2020

In June this year, the Head of Department of the WCED wrote to all public schools indicating the “absolute necessity for courageous and ongoing conversations in our schools about issues of racism, prejudice and inclusivity.”  Read More

Violent clashes outside Brackenfell High School are unacceptable

9 November 2020

I am deeply disturbed by the violent clashes that occurred outside Brackenfell High School this morning, over a private matric celebration organised by some parents of learners who attend the school. Read More

#CommitToFinish: Minister Schäfer wishes Western Cape matrics the best of luck

4 November 2020

I want to wish all our 2020 matrics the very best for your final exams which begin tomorrow.  I know this year has been unusual and unsettling, but I have absolute confidence in your resilience and ability to succeed.  You have had a lot of help and... Read More