The 37th United Nations General Conference, held in Paris in November 2013, confirms that member states, including South Africa, will prioritise Education for All goals and committed themselves to new goals for education.

The South African National Commission for Unesco, which is situated within the Department of Basic Education, confirmed the outcome of the General Conference at a report back meeting held in Pretoria on Thursday, 9 April 2014. Read more...


Sedibeng East in Gauteng scooped the award for the Top Performing District as the Department of Basic Education hosted the first annual Education District Excellence Awards.

The awards were held in Pretoria on Thursday 3 April 2014, to celebrate upward performance among districts across the country that have, over the last four years, shown significant and positive improvement in various categories.  

The awards were devised to salute districts which have improved. Read more...


Basic Education and South African Council for Educators take a stand to improve quality teaching and learning in public schools

Pillars of the schooling system such as teachers, Heads of Departments (HoDS), Principals and deputy principals will soon receive further access to professional development activities and programmes that are aimed at improving the quality of the teaching profession.

This bold step derives from recently launched Continuing Professional Teacher Development (CPTD) Management System done jointly by the Department of Basic Education and the South African Council for Educators (SACE) in Centurion.

This system is aimed at recognising all useful teacher development activities Read more...

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Community Based Recruitment Campaign

The Branch: Teachers, Education Human Resources and Institutional Development has intensified its community based recruitment campaign in partnership with other government departments (local, provincial and national), community based organisations and universities in Limpopo. Read more...

Call for comments on the draft policy on screening, identification, assessment and support (SIAS)
Minister Motshekgainvites stakeholder bodies and members of the public to comment on the Draft Policy on Screening, Identification, Assessment and Support. The government notice and draft policy document are available here.

Director-General meets with Deans of Education


The DBE hosted a roundtable titled
Post Compulsory and Higher Education Support to Department of Basic Education National Assessment: National Senior Certificate and Annual National Assessments where all 23 universities, the Deans Forum, and Higher Education South Africa as well as other key stakeholders were invited. Read more...


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