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until the NSC Examinations of 2015 start.

Use these previous exam papers to revise and prepare for the upcoming NSC exams. This way you can find out what you already know and work on what you don't know.



President Jacob Zuma officially launchES Operation Phakisa: ICT in Education Lab

President Jacob Zuma officially launched the Operation Phakisa: ICT in Education Lab at Birchwood Hotel and Conference Centre on 2 October 2015.

The launch comes after 120 participants comprising of experts and officials from DBE, as well as the provincial departments, other government departments, labour, academia and the private sector engaged in the ICT in Education Lab over a period of a month. Read more...



Gauteng learner scoops 1st prize at oral history competition

Gauteng was the big winner in the 2015 Inkosi Albert Luthuli Oral History competition, with Gabrielle Murgan winning big in the learner category.


The national finals of the competition were held in Pretoria from 03 to 04 October 2015, with the winners announced at a gala dinner held on Sunday, 04 October, 2015.





Honouring our teachers on World Teachers' Day

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) inaugurated 05 October as World Teachers' Day. World Teachers' Day represents a significant effort to raise awareness, understanding and appreciation for the vital contribution that teachers make to education and development across the globe. In many countries, the quality of education is undermined by a shortage of teachers. Read more...

DBE hosts third District Directors meeting for 2015

The Department of Basic Education (DBE) hosted the third District Directors meeting for 2015 in Pretoria on 01 October 2015.

The meeting is part of the Ministry’s commitment to meet with district officials at least four times each year and was an opportunity for the District Directors to directly engage with the leadership of the Department.



MEC Lesufi reports on the Provincial Education Summit

On 29 September 2015 the Gauteng MEC for Education, Mr Panyaza Lesufi, together with the Chairperson of the Gauteng Provincial Legislature Education Portfolio Committee, Mr Joe Mpisi, MPL, briefed the media on the declarations adopted during the multi-stakeholder Gauteng Provincial Education Summit that took place during 26 and 27 September 2015.

The Summit was a response to the call by Minister  Motshekga to review certain policies in education that impact on social cohesion and related matters. Read more...


Minister Motshekga hands over Swartberg Secondary School to the community

Minister of Basic Education, Mrs Angie Motshekga and the Western Cape Education MEC, Mrs Debbie Schäfer, continued their visual delivery of sustainable change to rural education with the official hand-over of Swartberg Secondary School in Caledon in the Western Cape on 29 September 2015. As one of the schools built under the DBE’s Accelerated Schools Infrastructure Delivery Initiative (ASIDI) programme, Swartberg Secondary School stands as a testament to the ambitions of ASIDI in restoring dignity to rural education. Read more...




#ASIDI - This is a happy place

"Our new school looks like a Model C school, even though we're in the township" - Zingiswa Bhadu, Sophumelela High School.


For more, view this #ASIDI- This a HAPPY place video on DBE's YouTube channel.

DBE Spelling Bee underway

The DBE’s Spelling Bee South Africa 2015 Championship will be taking place at Sci-Bono in Johannesburg on 10 October 2015. All provinces are currently busy with their semi-finals and three of the best spellers will represent each province at the national competition. Gauteng, Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal have already identified their provincial champions. 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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