Develop, maintain and support a South African school education system for the
The Department of Basic Education derives its mandate from the following
the National Education Policy Act (1996), which inscribed into law the policies, the legislative and monitoring responsibilities of the Minister of Basic Education, as well as the formal relations between national and provincial authorities
the South African Schools Act (1996), which promotes access, quality and democratic governance in the schooling system and makes schooling compulsory for children aged 7 to 15, to ensure that all learners have right of access to quality education without discrimination
the Employment of Educators Act (1998), which regulates the professional, moral and ethical responsibilities of educators, as well as the competency requirements for teachers.
The Estimates of National Expenditure (ENE) sets out the detailed spending plans of each government department for the coming year.
National Treasury, departments and commitees are busy with different things depending on the time of year: