"Districts should provide targeted support to improve practices within schools, and ensure communication and information sharing between authorities and schools. Schools need to share best practice." National Planning Commission: National Development Plan, November 2011.
An education district office is the sub-structure of a Provincial Education Department (PED) immediately below the provincial head office. It represents and exercises the authority of the PED in all day-to-day administrative and professional dealings with schools and ECD centres. It is the public face of the PED in its district area. It delivers services to the education institutions for which it is responsible in its area.
Education district offices have a pivotal role in ensuring that all learners have access to education of progressively high quality, since district offices are the link between provincial education departments, their education institutions and the public.