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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.  


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...



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