KwaZulu-Natal Department Budget for 2017-18


The vision of the Department of Education (DOE) is: A well-educated, skilled and highly developed citizenry.


The department’s mission is: To provide equitable access to quality education for the people of KwaZulu-Natal.

Core functions

The core functions of the department are summarised below:

Public Ordinary Schools

This is the department’s primary function aimed at the provision of quality education and learning in schools, the development of educators to ensure that they are equipped to provide the best quality teaching and the provision of Learner Teacher Support Materials (LTSM). Also included in this programme is the provision of support to learners on the curriculum, as well as teacher training programmes.

Lastly, the function includes the provision of food to Public Ordinary School learners from the poorest communities, through the National School Nutrition Programme (NSNP). Other conditional grants that are Estimates of Provincial Revenue and Expenditure aimed at uplifting the quality of education are also in this programme and these include, but are not limited to, the Maths, Science and Technology (MST) grant.

Public Special School Education The aim of this programme is to provide public education in special schools and full-service schools. Early Childhood Development (ECD) This service evolved as a national initiative to strengthen pre-Grade R education, and to make it available to the majority of the citizens.

Infrastructure Development The aim of this programme is to provide new schools and other school facilities including sports fields, specialists’ rooms and infrastructure for sanitary requirements for all schools.

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