It is the mandate of the Standing Committee on Education to facilitate public participation, monitoring and oversight function over the legislative processes relating to portfolio under this committee; confer with relevant governmental and civil society organs on matters relevant to this committee; exercise compliance and performance oversight over the relevant departments falls within this committee; scrutinize and interrogate annual reports, budget votes of departments falling within this committee; enhance and develop the capacity of its Members to exercise effective oversight over the Executive Authority in education; monitor whether the Western Cape Education Department fulfil their mandate; and responsible for the consideration of provincial bills and NCOP (76 Bills).

The Western Cape Education Department reports to this committee.