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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.

Whether you are a learner looking for study guides, a parent/guardian wanting a school for your child, a new teacher seeking employment or a researcher looking for education policies, we’ve taken great care to ensure that you can easily access the information on the website. Should you, however, not find what you’re looking for please send an email to info@dbe.gov.za and we will gladly assist.

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Online resources to support learning

Online resources for schools, parents/caregivers and learners to support learning at home.

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Essay Competition

2024 SADC Secondary School Essay

School Essay Competition

The 2024 instalment of the SADC Secondary School Essay is open for submissions. The topic for the 2024 SADC Secondary School Essay competition is; “How can Human and Financial Capital drive Industrial Development in the SADC Region?"

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