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Vhembe District To Rewrite Life Science Papers

The Department of Basic Education (DBE) has taken a decision that learners from the Vhembe school district in the Limpopo Province will rewrite the Life Sciences paper 1 and Life Sciences paper 2. This decision was taken after it was confirmed that a copy of the 2015 National Senior Certificate examination paper for Life Sciences was circulated amongst some learners before the commencement of the examination.



Promoting Mass School Sport Participation Activities For Learners
The improvement of mass school sport participation activities has become a significant undertaking for the strengthening of physical education within the South African schooling system. The Department of Basic Education (DBE), together with the Provincial Departments of Education (PDEs), hosted the National School Sport conference at Kievits Kroon Conference Estate in Pretoria from 26 to 28 November 2015, to ensure a common understanding of the school sport programme throughout the country,   Read more...



Grade 12 learners and students wishing to apply for financial assistance to study at any of the selected public universities and TVET colleges in the 2016 academic year have until 30 November 2015 to submit their applications.

NSFAS opened online applications at the beginning of August 2015 to give applicants adequate time to submit their applications early. Read more...

Basic Education Minister, Mrs Angie Motshekga, hosts Disability Roundtable Discussions

The promotion of Inclusive Education through the coherent engagement among education experts on issues relating to disability remain a critical approach in broadening access to basic education in the country.

As South Africa is observing National Disability Rights Awareness Month from 03 November to 03 December 2015.


Motsepe Foundation commits R117,5 million to sports development

The Motsepe Foundation today announced a partnership with the Department of Basic Education worth R117,5 million over 10 years for football, netball and choral and traditional music.

During the first five years R55m will be allocated to: the Kay Motsepe Schools Football Cup, for football; the ABC Motsepe Schools Choral and Traditional Eisteddfod, and the Kay Motsepe Schools Netball Cup. Read more...

SADC Essay Competition winners honoured

Imbelani Matibe of Thengwe High School in Limpopo is the winner of the South African leg of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Secondary Essay Competition. 

Matibe, along with 2nd place winner, Tshepiso Mbatha, of Mohitheki High School in KwaZulu-Natal and Mabuka Innocentia Tsotseti of Stanwest Combined School in Mpumalanga.


Call for Written Submissions: NCS Grades R–12 and the Conduct, Administration and Management of the NSC Examination

The Minister of Basic Education, Angelina Matsie Motshekga, after consultations with the Council of Education Ministers, invites stakeholder bodies and members of the public to comment on and/or note the relevant regulation and/or policy changes as set out in the following Gazettes:

  • Gazette No. 39406
  • Gazette No. 39399
  • Gazette No. 39405


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South African school champions to attend Second Global High-Level Conference on Road Safety in Brazil

Nine learners will be part of the South African delegation participating in the Second Global High-Level Conference on Road Safety taking place from 18 to 19 November 2015 in Brazil.

The Conference will be bringing together delegations of ministers and civil society representatives dealing with transport, health and education. Read more...  


Minimising learners' stress during exams

Every individual in his or her lifetime undergoes some form of stress. What is stress? Stress is a state of mental or emotional strain or tension arising from a particular situation. It is the body's way of responding to any kind of demand. It can be caused by both good and bad experiences.


A moderate amount of stress can provide valuable motivation that gets one to take action to immediately start studying and preparing for exams.  

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Media statement to refute the fake notice regarding the re-write of the National Senior Certificate 2015 Mathematics Paper 2, 12 November 2015

It has come to the attention of the Department of Basic Education (DBE) that a fake notice regarding the rewrite of Mathematics Paper 2 (Grade 12), is currently being circulated.

This fake notice informs candidates of the rescheduling of the Mathematics P2 examination to 30 November 2015.

The DBE confirms that this notice has not been issued by the Department of Basic Education and therefore must be ignored. Read more... 

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World Economic Forum competitive report rankings are bizarre and lack credibility, 05 October 2015

The World Economic Forum has again released its bizarre set of opinion-based rankings of education quality. The Department of Basic Education is disappointed that these rankings continue to be published even though they are flawed, and not based on empirical evidence obtained from research. Read more...


Media Statement on the postponement of the writing of the Annual National Assessment (ANA), 11 September 2015

At a meeting between the Teacher Unions and senior officials of the Department of Basic Education, consensus was reached to postpone the writing of the Annual National Assessment (ANA 2015), until the first week of February 2016. Read more...


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