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Meet the 2015 matric top achievers!

IMG 20160106 044924 114 January 2016 – Last week the outstanding results of 23 top achievers from all over the country were celebrated at a ministerial breakfast and during the live broadcast of the 2015 Matric Results. This year saw the majority of first places claimed by girls and Limpopo the province that contributed the most top achievers.


Second chance matric support programme

2ndChanceThumb311 January 2016 - To assist learners who have failed matric the DBE has set up the Second Chance Matric Support Programme. The programme will be piloted in 2016 and registration for participation will only be open to learners that attempted the NSC examinations in 2015.


NSC2015: Lower pass rates and second chances

images6 January 2016 - In a live broadcast the Minister of Basic Education last night announced the matric results for the Class of 2015. The overall pass rate has declined to 70,7%. To ensure that as many people as possible leave the education system with a certificate the Second Chance Matric Support Programme was launched.


Ministerial Breakfast for the Class of #2015 Top Achievers

matte-master-graduation-cap5 January 2016 - At the Ministerial Breakfast hosted at Vodaworld this morning the Minister of Basic Education thanked the parents and the Top Achievers of the ‪#‎ClassOf2015‬ for being the children that they are. She said that these Top Achievers have excelled amongst the biggest number of learners writing matric ever.


Countdown to #2015Matric results

Countdown30 December 2015 – On Tuesday 5 January at 18h00 the Minister of Basic Education will release the National Senior Certificate (NSC) Matric results in a live broadcast on SABC1. From Wednesday 6 January the close to 800,000 candidates from the class of 2015 will be able to learn their individual results. 


SACE and DBE celebrate teachers

SACE logo9 November 2015 - The South African Council of Educators (SACE), in partnership with the DBE and social partners, hosted a gala dinner on 30 October, 2015, to honour South Africa’s teachers as part of the Teacher Appreciation and Support Programme (TSAP). 


Teachers: The Heartbeat of the Nation

heart-rate-ekg-ecg-heart-beat thumbnail12 October 2015 - Recognising both the extremely important part that teachers play in our society and the challenges that they face on a daily basis, the Department of Basic Education has launched the Teachers Appreciation and Support Programme with the theme Teachers: the Heartbeat of the Nation. 


National Core ICT Training Teams

Microsoft logo1 October 2015 - From 15 to 18 September 2015 the Department of Basic Education (DBE) and Microsoft hosted the National Core ICT Training Team (NCTT) workshop for ICT trainers from all over the country at the Microsoft Training Centre in Bryanston, Johannesburg.


Launch of e-Libraries programme

Huawei logo7 July 2015 - In order to help advance literacy development, one of the most critical elements in the country’s education value chain, Vodacom, Huawei together with the Department of Basic Education and the Nelson Mandela Foundation launched their e-Libraries programme today.


Accelerated quality, equity and efficiency

ZAR-currency11 May 2015 - With a 9 % budget increase for the year 2015/2016, the Department of Basic Education (DBE) will focus on repositioning the basic education sector for accelerated quality, equity and efficiency. We highlight some of the topics mentioned including the Grade 9 school exit certificate and the reading nation. 


'1+4' to boost math teachers' performance

math924 March 2015 - From 1 April 2015 the Department of Basic Education will begin implementation of the '1+4 Model' aimed at boosting mathematics teachers performance in the senior phase. This teacher development plan entails one day of learning and four days of structured, effective and guided teaching.


Shining examples of exceptional teachers

Angie Motshekga thumbnail9 March 2015 - In his key note address for the 15th Annual National Teaching Awards, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa called the awarded teachers shining examples of teaching excellence, that all teachers should strive to emulate. 


Public private partnership builds school of excellence

HX1F338321 February 2015 - The Minister of Basic Education officially handed over the Acorns to Oaks High School of Excellence, which was built by a public private partnership between the Department, the Buffelshoek Trust and Vodacom. The state of the art school will accommodate 900 learners and focus on excellence in maths and science.


Meet the 2014 Matric Top Achievers!

Angie and Matric Result crop14 January 2015 – First at a special breakfast hosted at Vodaworld and later during the live broadcast of the 2014 Matric Results, the 23 Top Achievers celebrated their outstanding results with the Minister and Deputy Minister of Basic Education. The 2014 cohort is the first to have written the CAPS curriculum exams.


Release of 2014 Matric results

graduation31 December 2014 - On Monday 5 January at 18h00 the Minister of Basic Education will release the National Senior Certificate (NSC) Matric results in a live broadcast on SABC1. The Independent Examinations Board released the results for their 10,000 matriculation candidates today.


Invest in the future, invest in teachers

Unesco7 October 2014 – The 20th anniversary of World Teachers' Day on 5 October marked the start of worldwide teacher celebrations throughout the month. This year's theme is "Invest in the future, invest in teachers". In South Africa, Minister Angie Mothshekga stated a clear correlation between teacher performance and school performance. 


The Ukufunda Virtual School is open!

facebook squircle-caa885c9c2cb3dcb68a7dd50fcb8c51222 September 2014 – On Friday 12 September the Deputy Minister of Basic Education, Mr Enver Surty, Gauteng Education MEC, Mr Panyaza Lesufi and Ms Nadi Albino of UNICEF launched the Ukufunda Virtual School application at the Sci-Bono Centre in Johannesburg.


Centre Managers Awards Ceremony

red award2 114 August 2014 – As the Teacher Centre Manager Workshop draws to a close, the delegates from all over the country will attend an Awards Dinner where they will be addressed by Deputy Minister of Basic Education Enver Surty and other officials.


Teachers core of schools

Minister of Basic Education speech thumbnail14 August 2014 - Teachers in classrooms remain the centre of learning and teaching with the core being a competent and confident teacher, Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga has said at the opening ceremony of the Teacher Centre Manager Workshop as reported by Russel Molefe in The New Age.


Teacher Centre Manager Workshop

Workshop19 August 2014 – The Department of Basic Education, in partnership with Vodacom, will host the Teacher Training Centre Workshop. Over 120 Centre Managers from all over the country will attend the Workshop which will be opened officially by the Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga on Sunday 10 August 2014.


Mobile Education Webinars

Maths Science Logo21 July 2014 - The Department of Basic Education in partnership with Vodacom is proud to announce the Mobile Education Webinars, a series of online teacher development seminars for Grade 10-12 Maths and Science teachers. Twice a week Mindset will focus on providing practical and pedagogical support. 


Education outlook: improving quality and efficiency

Thumbnail Minister-Angie-Motshekga17 July 2014 - With a 12% budget increase for the year 2014/2015, the DBE will consolidate the achievements so far and strengthen the quality, efficiency and accountability in the provinces, districts and schools. Teacher development, textbooks and the e-Education strategy are some of the topics that received special mention.


Bring back our girls

 Bring back our girls 26022 May 2014 - Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga has requested all principals, teachers, learners and parents to pledge support for the missing Nigerian schoolgirls by holding a special assembly on Friday, 23 May 2014 and by signing the #BringBackOurGirls petition. 


Transforming teaching in Kimberley

 K6G017724 April 2014 - Vodacom, in partnership with the Department of Basic Education and the Department of Communications unveiled one of its 31 new information and technology (ICT) teacher centres in Kimberley on Wednesday.


National Teaching Awards ceremony

second national teaching awards3 March 2014 – In a special ceremony on Thursday 6 March the Department of Education will honour dedicated and caring teachers who have been nominated by their schools and colleagues to receive one of the National Teaching Awards.


Big budget share for education

bd-budget28 February 2014 - On Wednesday Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan announced that, as in previous years, the education sector will get the highest share of government's consolidated expenditure – 20% or R254 billion. This trend is expected to continue over the next few years, growing to a budget of over R293 billion in 2017.


Top learners awarded

DSC 2938 L S Shezi thumb22 January 2014 – The top learners of 2013 received Vodacom Foundation awards including tables and internet connectivity. 2013 saw an increase in the overall matric pass rate but the mathematics and science results are still too low. Going forward the DBE will continue the investment in teacher development, also using ICT.


Class of 2013 to receive results

Graduation 400 4005 January 2014 - On Monday 6 January at 18h00 the Minister of Basic Education will release the NSC Matric results in a live broadcast on SABC1. From 6h00 on Tuesday 7 January over 700,000 matriculants from the Class of 2013 will be able to learn their individual results.


2014 Education sector outlook

Education-Outlook7x1 thumbnail2 December 2013 - In her speech on 22 November, Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga reported on the progress in the education sector.  The minister thanked South Africans for responding to the call to make Education a societal issue by getting involved in various ways and supporting government's number 1 priority.


IEC and DBE take electoral democracy into the classroom

brand IEC2 October 2013 - The Electoral Commission (IEC) and the Department of Basic Education (DBE) are proud to announce their collaborative hosting of South Africa's Schools Democracy Week programme between 1 and 7 October 2013.

Dinaledi speeds up maths, science teacher recruitment

dinaledi-thumb1 October 2013 – The Department of Basic Education’s Dinaledi Unit has set up a process to fill vacancies more rapidly and ease the recruitment of maths and science teachers, particularly for under-resourced rural and no-fee schools without the funds for job advertising.

Deaf learners to be included

signlanguage-thumbnail20 September 2013 – September is Deaf Awareness Month, with the theme this year Equality for Deaf People. It is a good time for the release of the draft curriculum for South African Sign Language, which fits right in with the government’s strategy of inclusive education.

All systems go for 2014

schoolkids-thumbnail5 September 2013 – In moving to put the trials and tribulations of the past behind it, the Department of Basic Education is gearing up for a smooth, successful start to the 2014 academic year. It is delivering learning material and furniture, and improving infrastructure and manpower.

District directors debate maths and science

Minister Angie Motshekga 5 August 2013 - Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga met with District Directors to review the progress of schools in terms of learner performance in maths and science. The meeting is part of the monthly interaction between the officials and the Minister where strategies are reviewed for better results.

National collaboration to improve education

collaboration-thumb24 July 2013 – A bold new partnership between the government, business, labour, parents and the NGO sector aims to systematically and sustainably improve basic education in South Africa. Launched last week, the National Education Collaboration Trust will pool resources, strategies and work in an initial 20 school districts.

Second phase of mud school eradication underway

asidi-thumb12 July 2013 – The next phase of a major ongoing infrastructure-building drive by the Department of Basic Education began with the briefing of suppliers at the end of June, in a project aiming to eliminate schools built of mud, a legacy of ordinary South Africans’ struggle for education during the apartheid era, within two years.

Public-private school partnership

Isasa-thumb4 July 2013 – Investec has teamed up with the Department of Basic Education and the Independent Schools Association to improve the quality of maths, science and English teaching with a unique mentorship programme that sees teaching students shadow top professionals during the full course of their studies.

Thaba Nchu centre officially opened

Free state_MEC2 July 2013 - Vodacom, in partnership with the Department of Basic Education, unveiled its ninth information and communication technology (ICT) resource centre in Thaba Nchu, Free State today. The programme is set to transform teaching and learning in the classroom through the use of technology.

Motshekga: The building blocks are in place

Angie-Motshekga-thumb9 May 2013 – Delivering her budget speech to parliament on Tuesday, Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga laid out plans to improve maths and science results, develop teacher skills, build better schools, and support children from poor households. “The building-blocks for a high-performing system are in place.”

Proposed 2015 School Calendar out for public comment

Calendar Icon_Thumbnail30 April 2013 - The proposed 2015 School Calendar has been published and all interested parties are invited to comment on the proposed calendar before 19 May 2013.

Short courses for educators at Higher Education Institutions (HEIs)

Strategic plan_image10 April 2013 - In 2011 the Ministers of Basic and Higher Education launched the Integrated Strategic Planning Framework for Teacher Education and Development (ISPFTED). As part of the process information on relevant short courses was gathered.

National recruitment database of qualified South African educators

1367859642 Database_19 April 2013 - The Department of Basic Education has recently re-launched their National Recruitment Database of Qualified South African Educators. This database is available for download from the DBE website.