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Welcome to the Department of Basic Education!

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 and we will gladly assist.

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Post CEM Statement


The Council of Education Minister (CEM) met on Thursday (13 September 2019) to discuss a number of topics affecting the education sector. It was the first meeting of the Minister, Deputy Minister and the newly appointed MECs following the 2019 May General Elections, which ushered in the 6th Administration.

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Study tips for final examinations

Exam preparations

Start preparing for the 2019 NSC exams today! Remember, your success in the final exam will depend on how much extra time you put into preparing.

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