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Welcome to the National Department of Basic Education’s website. Here you will find information on, amongst others, the Curriculum, what to do if you’ve lost your matric certificate, links to previous Grade 12 exam papers for revision purposes and our contact details should you need to get in touch with us.

Whether you are a learner looking for study guides, a parent/guardian wanting a school for your child, a new teacher seeking employment or a researcher looking for education policies, we’ve taken great care to ensure that you can easily access the information on the website. Should you, however, not find what you’re looking for please send an email to webmaster@dbe.gov.za and we will gladly assist.

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2017 SADC Schools Essay Competition

SADC Essays

In an effort to encourage youth participation in regional integration affairs, the Southern African Development Community (SADC) launched the 18th edition of the SADC Secondary Schools Essay Competition, which is open to all secondary school students in the region.

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Spelling Bee


2017 Spelling Bee Competition

Spelling Bee

As part of the Read to Lead Campaign, the DBE hosts the DBE Spelling Bee South Africa (National spelling bee championship) annually. The championship which targets learners in Grade 4 to 6 is aimed at improving learners' performance in languages, especially in English.

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