Debbie Schäfer

WC Education MEC: matriculants and their options

After achieving a national pass rate of 81.3%, the matric class of 2019 will be weighing their options regarding their future. The class has been praised for achieving the highest pass rate in a democratic South Africa. Basic Education Minister Angie Motsheka made the announcement on Tuesday evening. Western Cape[…]

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Listeriosis update: WCED ensures safety at schools

As awareness campaigns increase in various sectors around the source of the listeriosis outbreak, the Western Cape Education Department (WCED) has assured communities that it has taken the necessary steps to prevent the further spread of the disease. On Sunday, the Minister of Health, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi announced that Tiger[…]

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Education MEC praises class of 2015

Western Cape MEC for education, Debbie Schafer has heaped praised on the province’s class of 2015 after it secured the highest overall pass rate in the country. Not only was the Western Cape’s 84.7% the highest amongst all nine provinces, but it was also the only pass rate increase from[…]

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WCED reports drop in school vandalism, theft

While the Western Cape education department tallies the cost of repairs as a result of theft and vandalism, it has confirmed a drop in the number of incidents reported in comparison to the same period last year. Education MEC Debbie Schafer said in a statement that 18 incidents had been[…]

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WCED to address drop in matric pass rate

The Western Cape Education Department (WCED) has acknowledged that there were several factors and changes in the education system that may have contributed to a drop in the province’s overall matric pass rate. The final ratings for the National Senior Certificate (NSC) exams were revealed by Basic Education minister Angie[…]

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Keep pupils in system: WCape MEC

Pupils should not be “lost” to the education system for the sake of achieving higher pass rates, Western Cape education MEC Debbie Schäfer said on Monday. “We believe that retaining more learners in the system and giving them the opportunity to pass the [matric] is more important than ‘losing’ learners[…]

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