A school fee is money that parents pay to schools, aimed at improving the quality of education of learners. This amount is agreed to between the parent and the school. Parents who cannot afford to pay school fees must apply to the school governing board for conditional, partial or full exemption from paying school fees.
A learner may not be excluded from participation in any official school programmes because of non-payment of school fees by the parent. A school may also not retain a learner’s report because the parent cannot afford to pay school fees.
A special-needs school caters for students who have special educational needs due to severe learning difficulties, physical disabilities or behavioural problems.
The National School Nutrition Programme is the government programme that provides one nutritious meal to all learners in poorer primary and secondary schools.
Home education or home schooling is an alternative to attending a public or independent school where a parent of a learner of compulsory school-going age may provide education for their own children at home.
You must apply to the head of your provincial education department to register your child for home education. Information on how to do this as well as curriculum documents and workbooks are available on the website of the Department of Basic Education.
A National Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statement (CAPS) is a single, comprehensive, and concise policy document introduced by the Department of Basic Education for all the subjects listed in the National Curriculum Statement for Grades R - 12. CAPS gives detailed guidance for teachers on what they should teach and how to assess.
You can find more information under Curriculum on the website of the Department of Basic Education.
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The Department of Basic Education's Second Chance Matric Support Programme affords candidates that have not met the minimum requirements in the National Senior Certificate (NSC) or matric examinations, and who require no more two subjects to obtain an NSC, an opportunity to rewrite those subjects. To write the supplementary examination they must register before a cut-off date in January of the year following the examination.
South Africa has a shortage of artisans. The Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) has identified trades that are in demand such as diesel mechanics, instrument technicians, riggers, auto electricians and millwrights. More information on what an artisan is and artisan training is available on the Skills Portal.
Early Childhood Development (ECD) refers to children from birth to nine years. An ECD centre can be a crèche, day care centre for young children, a playgroup, a pre-school or after school care.
To establish and register an early childhood development centre or to apply for changes to an existing registration certificate you must:
Early childhood development (ECD) is a comprehensive approach to programmes and policies for children from birth to seven years of age. Its purpose is to protect the rights of children to develop their full cognitive, emotional, social and physical potential. The Department of Basic Education is responsible for children in grades R.
The school calendar with details of the school terms are published in the Government Gazette annually.
The school calendar for independent schools is published on the website of the Independent Schools Association of Southern Africa (ISASA).
Contact information for public schools can be obtained from the provincial Education Management Information System (EMIS) Units.
It can also be found in the master lists [Excel] on the Department of Basic Education's EMIS web page.