Basic Education

National Department Budget for 2016-17

Vote purpose

Develop, maintain and support a South African school education system for the 21st century.


The Department of Basic Education derives its mandate from the following legislation:

  • 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.