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Teaching English across the Curriculum

The DBE introduces the Teaching English Across the Curriculum (EAC) as a means of strengthening LoLT from Grade 1 to Grade 12.

The teaching of EAC is based on the premise that every teacher is a language teacher and that the basic language skills such as listening and speaking, reading and viewing, and writing and presenting taught in language classrooms should also be taught in content subjects. Read more...


Taking Democracy to the Classroom: 2015 Schools Democracy Week begins

The third annual Schools Democracy Week (SDW) has been launched today as part of a joint project between the Electoral Commission of South Africa and the Department of Basic Education (DBE) to promote electoral democracy among learners.


The campaign will run until 27 April 2015 in schools countrywide. Read more...



Deputy Minister Surty and the South African National Commission for UNESCO is hosting the annual Education For All (EFA) Stakeholders meeting today 17 April 2015 at Sol Plaatje House, Pretoria.  The meeting coincides with the launch of the Global Monitoring Report (GMR) and the presentation of awards to the 2014 recipients of UNESCO funding.



The 2015 South African Spelling Bee launched

The DBE, in partnership with Spell It South Africa, Monash South Africa, Nedbank and SABC launched the Spelling Bee South Africa Competition for 2015 at the Sci-Bono Discovery Centre in Newtown, Johannesburg on 16 April 2015. Spell It has been one of the original DBE’s Spelling Bee implementation partners since 2013.

Spelling Bee South Africa is part of a broader comprehensive strategy aimed at addressing poor learner performance not only in Language, but also in Literacy and Numeracy. Read more... 

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Department OF Basic Education rejects false accusations relating to National Education and Development Unit (NEEDU) Report, 24 April 2015

The Department of Basic Education has rejected accusations that it has refused to release the report that was compiled by the National Education and Development Unit (NEEDU).  Read more...


Department Of Basic Education Condemns Violence Against Foreign Nationals

The Department of Basic Education (DBE) condemns in the strongest possible terms any violence against foreign nationals. The spate of attacks on foreigners in parts of KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng over the past week has disrupted schooling and is completely unacceptable. Read more...


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