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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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Call for comments

Amendments to Section 3 and 4

Call for comments

Call for written submissions from stakeholder bodies and members of the public on the amendments to Section 4 of the Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statement for Grades R-12 and Section 3 of certain subjects

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Call for nominations

NSNP Best Schools, Districts Awards

Call for nominations

It is that time of the year where the Department is inviting schools and districts that implement the National School Nutrition Programme (NSNP) as per the minimum guidelines established by the Department of Basic Education and all the Provinces to enter the competition/community members to nominate the best schools in their respective areas.

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