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Read to Lead Campaign: creating a culture of reading

The Read to Lead Campaign was officially launched on 22 July 2015 and will continue over the next four years (2015-2019). The focus of the Campaign is to improve the reading abilities of all South African children whilst the main aim of the Campaign is to ensure that all learners are able to demonstrate age appropriate levels of reading by 2019.  



Funza Lushaka Bursary Programme revives interest in the teaching profession

The Funza Lushaka Bursary Programme continues to be one of most critical initiatives used to recruit youth in the teaching profession. Applications for funding for the 2016 academic year opened on 01 October 2015. The closing date for new applicants was 15 January 2016. All the applications were done online.

The Director for the Funza Lushaka Bursary Programme, Mr Gerrit Coetzee, said that National Treasury has allocated R1,043,611 for the 2016/17 financial year.  Read more...



Department of Basic Education calls for comment on Proposed 2018 School Calendar


The Minister of Basic Education, Mrs Angie Motshekga has after consultation with the Council of Education Ministers and in terms of section 3(4)(k) of the National Education Policy Act, 1996, published the Proposed 2018 School Calendar for comment. All interested parties including School Governing bodies and members of the public are invited to comment on the Proposed 2018 School Calendar by making submissions to The Director General of Basic Education for the Attention of Mr Sihle Mlambo, fax: 012 328 3532 or          e-mail: cc

Submissions should be clearly articulated and submitted in writing accompanied by the name, fax number and or email address of the person or organisation submitting the comments, all Comments should reach the Department no later than 08 March 2016. Read more...


Minister Motshekga briefs the media on the Council of Education Ministers (CEM)’s Report

The efforts and commitment made in terms of monitoring school readiness this year, has been essential to maintain quality and efficiency within the schooling system. Basic Education Minister, Mrs Angie Motshekga, hosted a media briefing at 222 Struben Street, Sol Plaatjie House, on 29 January 2016, to inform South Africans about issues discussed during the Council of Education Ministers (CEM) meeting held on 28 January 2016. Read more...



Various education stakeholders unite to support the School Sport Programme


The DBE remains committed and dedicated in ensuring that all public schools participate in the School Sport Programme. The Acting Chief Director for Social Mobilisation and Enrichment in Education, Ms Nozipho Xulu, chaired a multi-stakeholder meeting, involving the COSAS, teacher unions, School Governing Bodies and various other education stakeholders at Kievits Kroon Country Estate from 23 to 24 January 2016, to consolidate a plan to improve mass school sport participation in South Africa.  Read more...


Closing date for supplementary exam registration

Registration for supplementary examinations will close on Wednesday 20 January 2016. All those wishing to register should do so at their examination centre where they sat to write the 2015 NSC Examinations.


Supplementary Examinations form part of the Department’s Second Chance Matric Support Programme and affords candidates that have not met the minimum promotion and certification requirements, but who require a maximum of two subjects to obtain a NSC (National Senior Certificate) an opportunity to do so. Read more...

The Torch of Peace returns to Basic Education

The Torch of Peace returned to the Department of Basic Education (DBE) during the first week of the start of the 2016 school calendar. The Minister of Transport, Mrs Dipuo Peters, handed the Torch of Peace over to Ms Martha Bartlett, the MEC for Roads, Safety and Liaison, who is also the Acting MEC for the Northern Cape Department of Education, at Tetlanyo High School in Kimberly on 15 January 2016.  Read more...

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