WCED online application 2023

The Western Cape Education Department (WCED) is responsible for public schooling from Grade 1 to 12 in the Western Cape province. WCED’s primary objectives are to improve the language and mathematics skills of learners; to improve matric results; and improve access to quality education in poor communities.

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WCED’s Safe Schools Programme
The WCED’s Safe Schools Programme works with schools to ensure safe school environments needed for successful teaching and learning.

The programme’s strategies include installing security systems while also addressing the social environment, by influencing learner behaviour and by working with schools to mobilise community support for safe schools.

Safe Schools works in partnership with local police and community organisations such as neighbourhood watches and Community Policing Forums.

Procedure for dealing with school admission queries: English | Afrikaans | isiXhosa

Parents who wish to apply for the 2023 school year as a late application must please contact the district office.

District | Head Office Officials

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It is very important that parents ensure that an application for their child has been captured on the WCED system.

Officials use the list of learners who still need a place to follow up and engage schools and parents to secure and offer places to parents where places have become available. The process is as follows:

19 July – 31 August 2022:

Schools review their lists and make further offers to parents depending on available spaces.

1 September – 15 December 2022:

The 9 Admission Teams take over the process and place learners at schools where spaces are available.

Schools will only be able to finalise their admissions by the end of the school year, once they have completed the promotion and progression process which will determine additional available places in each grade, if any. However, we are determined to ensure that all learners are placed before then.

Appeals for admissions: please send your appeal to the Minister of Education at

Apply online

Please note: ALL queries regarding your child’s enrolment must be done via the WCED Admission System.

Select the “Enquiries” button and provide specific details of your child’s registration so that we can assist you.

Contact the local WCED district office for advice.

How do I register my child on the WCED?


➊ • Go to Google and type in WCED. Click on Admissions 2022/23. 
➋ • Click Apply online; to start the process.
➌ • First time users, register yourself as a user or parent.
School admissions:
  • Apply to at least 3 schools (Including the ones closest to your home)
  • Indicate your order of preference on the system

Parents | Guardians MUST upload the following supporting documents:

  • The last official school Report Card | Results of the learner, for learners who have been to school.
  • ID | Birth certificate | passport of the learner; OR
    • A study permit (foreign learners); OR
    • Proof of application (study permit) or a police affidavit
  • Immunisation card (Road to Health Chart) [Primary Schools Only]
  • Proof of residence



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