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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.

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SMS 2017/2018


Findings of School Monitoring Survey 2017/18

SMS 2017/2018

Commissioned in 2017 by the Department of Basic Education (DBE), this national survey sought to measure the progress of public ordinary schools’ towards achieving the key goals and indicators set out in the Action Plan 2019, as well as the Medium Term Strategic Framework 2014-2019.

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TALIS 2018


Findings of Teaching and Learning International 2018

TALIS 2018

The finding from the Teaching and Learning International (TALIS), a large-scale study investigating the condition of the teaching and learning environment in schools

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