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Minister Motshekga hosts USA delegation

Minister Angie Motshekga hosted the United States of America (USA) delegation that visited the Department on 08 February 2016 to explore various mechanisms that can be adopted in dealing with issues on Inclusive Education. The DBE and the USA have entered into a three year collaboration (2015 - 2017) to share expertise in improving efficiency and equity in inclusion and to address factors that contribute to the high dropout rate in schools, particularly for the vulnerable.


ASIDI continues infrastructure delivery in 2016

Heukile Senior Primary School is in the Cofimvaba District, Eastern Cape; with the nearest major town, Queenstown, located 100km away. Yet the Accelerated Schools Infrastructure Delivery Initiative (ASIDI) reached this little village to bring hope to the inhabitants on 05 February 2016 when the school was officially handed over to the community.



The National School Nutrition Programme continues to feed the masses

The National School Nutrition Programme (NSNP) is a government intervention Programme which is intended to address short-term hunger and enhance learning capacity by providing nutritious meals to learners during school hours.  For the 2015/16 financial year, the Programme has set a target of reaching 19 800 schools nationally. The schools that are targeted are quintile 1 to 3 public primary and secondary schools, as well as identified special schools as per the Conditional Grant Framework, gazetted in the Division of Revenue Act 2015/16. Read more...


Launch of the 2016 Schools Physical Education Challenge

The DBE, in partnership with Supersport’s LetsPlay initiative, launched the inaugural Schools Physical Education Challenge in 2016. Around 500 primary schools participated in the initiative last year. The challenge requires primary schools to have Grade 4 learners (boys and girls) to complete an obstacle course in a 45 minute period and the winner being the school that gets the largest number of learners to complete the course within that time period.


Minister celebrates excellence at Ekurhuleni North District Awards

Minister Angie Motshekga honoured top learners and educators from the Ekhuruleni North District, by awarding top performers with trophies and ICT equipment at an awards ceremony held at Emperor’s Palace on 29 January 2016. The Ekurhuleni North Grade 12 District Awards are the most prestigious awards in the Gauteng City Region.


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.  


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...


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