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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.

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2016 NTA

Nominations for 2016 NTA

2016 NTA

The Department of Basic Education wishes to salute all schools and teachers who have entered the National Teaching Awards since 2000. The Department acknowledges the extraordinary efforts made by the teachers, often in very difficult conditions. The efforts are a service to our children, most of whom come from poor communities.

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Amendments to policies, regulations


Call for written submissions from stakeholder bodies and members of the public on draft amendments to policies and regulations relating to the NCS and the NSC exams.

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