Action Plan to 2019: Towards the realisation of Schooling 2030

This Sector Plan is an update to the Action Plan to 2014. It is a reflection of how far we have come in terms of planning service delivery, not just in basic education but in government as a whole. The sector plan encapsulates our response to the priorities, targets and programmes articulated in the National Development Plan, 2030; and provides a detailed five year plan and fifteen year targets and programmes for the whole Basic Education Sector.

The new Sector Plan replaces the 2014 Action Plan; which detailed programmes we had initiated in the previous cycle; and which were widely consulted in the Basic Education Sector. In the next few years, we will build on our successes in attaining the Millennium Developmental Goals (MDGs) for access, participation, and gender equity. In the post-2015 period, the emphasis will be on quality of schooling outcomes, and on better preparation of our young people for the life and work opportunities after they leave school.  We have, to this end, developed three streams of curricula (academic, vocational and technical), which address the diverse needs of young people for learning and development in our schools. We are working with the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) to better influence the quality and preparation of our teachers and ultimately, our learners, in critical subjects including mathematics, science and technology, and the African languages.

We have made progress in securing access and participation of our children to schools, and we have, through our own assessments and international assessments, shown that our schooling system is indeed making a difference to the lives of our young people. Completion rates are edging up; performance rates of our learners are increasing, especially for learners from poorer households; and retention rates have improved, especially in earlier grades.

A number of challenges in the sector still create barrier to the provisioning of quality education. These include inadequate school infrastructure, curriculum coverage and delivery, retentions, retrieval and usage of learner and teacher support materials, amongst others. Our focus is to reposition the Sector to deliver on the mandate for quality and efficient schooling. We remain resolute in our quest to improve quality and efficiency throughout the schooling Sector, with a renewed emphasis on curriculum coverage, improving assessment and strengthening quality, efficiency and accountability in our schools, districts and provinces, as well as in our administrative departments and sectoral partnerships. Infrastructure development is being strengthened to adequately address school infrastructure challenges. We will use existing interprovincial and inter-governmental structures to more closely link policies, programmes and resources to impact on quality improvement in our system.

We are pleased that progress has been made in the work of the National Education Collaboration Trust (NECT), a structure designed to bring together leaders and innovators from the public and private sectors to find new ways of responding to complex problems in the sector. This plan provides details on just a few of the several initiatives already begun, or about to begin, under the NECT umbrella. It is our hope that the current plan will inspire, inform and guide the many men and women working for a better basic education in South Africa.

action plan to 2014: towards the realisation of schooling 2025

During 2010 the Minister  of Basic Education, Mrs Angie Motshekga, declared that there would be a plan for schools in South Africa called Action Plan to 2014, and that  this would form part of a larger vision called Schooling 2025. It is important that you as a South African should know about the Action Plan, and Schooling 2025, especially if you are a parent or guardian of a learner in a school, if you yourself are a learner, or if you are a teacher or a school principal. The plan is important because it tells you what the government will be doing to make Grades R to 12 schooling better, but also because it explains how you yourself can contribute towards making the goals of the plan and Schooling 2025 a reality.


This Action Plan explains the 27 national goals that lie at the heart of the plan. Thirteen of these goals are output goals dealing with better school results and better enrolment of learners in schools. The remaining 14 goals deal with things that must happen for the output goals to be realised. The goals do not capture everything we must do, but experience has shown that for a plan to work it is important to identify a few key goals that can guide everyone. For all the goals in the plan, it is explained what government is doing and it is explained what you can do to contribute towards success in South Africa's schools.


There are two parts to the Action Plan to 2014:

  • The Shorter version, labelled Part A, is intended for a wide audience including all teachers, school principals, and school governing bodies. 
  • The Long version of the plan, Part B, contains more details, for example further details on how goals will be achieved, details on how improvements will be monitored, and what the exact national and provincial targets are for each goal. The long version includes not just the targets we want to achieve by 2014, but also the targets we want to reach by 2025 as part of the Schooling 2025 vision.  

If you or your organisation believes that the plan can be made better, you are encouraged to send inputs to the address indicated at the end of this document and to watch for notices in the media for Action Plan and Schooling 2025 stakeholder meetings. The Action Plan may have to change before 2014, as new challenges are identified and lessons are learnt, and for this process stakeholder participation is vital.

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