department of basic education

With the final matric exams set to get under way in the next two days, the Department of Basic Education has shed some light on what it has been doing to prepare.

The Gauteng Department of Education says that is it is ready to get started with this year’s final matric exam and has put measures in place to ensure that everything goes as planned.


As less than a week remains before the final matric exams kick-off, many Grade 12 pupils have been spending their nights and days preparing. But it has not been without challenges for some of them. 

Matriculants will write their final National Senior Certificate (NSC) exams from Wednesday 27 October and the final exam will be written on Tuesday, 7 December. It will be the second final matric exam since the outbreak of Covid-19 in the beginning of 2020. 

Not sure which programme to enrol for between the IEB and the NSC? Well, there are a few things you need to know before deciding which one is best for you or your child. 

NAPTOSA has welcomed the proposed vaccination of Children aged between 12 to 17 but also expressed its reservations about how it is being rolled out.

As the matric class of 2021 begins their final exams, Western Cape Education MEC Debbie Schäfer has issued a warning against any potentially disruptive behaviour.

The MEC for Education in Mpumalanga has said that he is confident that learners are prepared for the upcoming final matric exam.



Only a few days left before the exam season kickstarts, many learners across the country are hard at work preparing for their exams. This, however, is not the case for the learners at Lemana Secondary School as their preparations have been disrupted.  

uMalusi says it is all systems go for the upcoming 2021 final matric exams set to begin in under ten days. But the quality assurance council has expressed concerns about the readiness of online schools for the exams.

Violence against teachers has become a cause for concern in the Western Cape, as more pupils have been reported for attacking teachers on school premises. The spokesperson for the provincial department of education discusses how they have been addressing this issue. 

The Gauteng Education Department began their school placements on Friday 15 October. According to Gauteng Education spokesperson Steve Mabona, parents have been confirming that they have received school placement offers for their children.

The DBE is piloting the rollout of the General Education Certificate which will be given to Grade 9 learners to address the current issue of many learners leaving school without a national qualification.

The recently held National Teachers Awards included a prize where teachers needed to identify a learner who would win a Funza Lushaka Bursary. This Bursary offers a multi-year programme to students, which promotes teaching as a profession.

Applications to register for the Second Chance Programme are currently open. The programme aims to help those learners who did not pass their National Senior Certificate or Extended Senior Certificate. Below you may find more about this program.

The Department of Basic Education is looking to reinforce education on personal hygiene in schools through its launch of the National Schools Hygiene Programme. 


A group of Grade 12 pupils in the Western Cape will soon be writing Africa's first-ever matric paper on marine science. One of them went down her journey in studying the subject over the past three years.

A community in Gqeberha has taken it upon itself to revive and repurpose an abandoned school as part of its initiative to foster a positive youth environment. The aim is to also do away with rampant criminal activity in the area. 


Parents in the Western Cape have been left devastated after not being able to place their children for the 2022 school year. Meanwhile, the provincial education department maintains that pupils who applied for 2021 have been placed.


The learner dropout rate in South African public schools led to the Basic Education Minister declaring it as a crisis. The Zero Dropout Campaign has been advocating for strategies to keep learners at school, as President Cyril Ramaphosa encouraged in the National Teachers Award Ceremony last week.