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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 and we will gladly assist.

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Extension of public comment period

Call for comments

Call for comments on draft national policy on the prevention and management of learner pregnancy in schools

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Provincial Visits

DG Mweli's winter school visits

Provincial Visits

Cognisant of the nature of learner motivation and engagement, the Director-General of Basic Education, Mr HM Mweli began his visits to Winter Schools on 23 June 2018 with the intention to present a motivational talk to huge numbers of Grade 12 learners and their tutors, as learners gear up for the forthcoming National Senior Certificate Examinations.

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