CALL FOR COMMENT
AMENDMENTS TO POLICY AND REGULATIONS TO ALLOW FOR MULTIPLE EXAMINATION OPPORTUNITIES
Four Government Gazettes were published on 10 November 2017. It was necessary for the DBE to publish four Gazettes as there are two policies and two sets of regulations that the Minister intends to amend. The policies were issued in terms of the National Education Policy Act and the regulations were promulgated in terms of the South African Schools Act.
The amendment seeks to make provision for Multiple Examination Opportunities.
The proposed amendment applies to all four documents (two policies and two sets of regulations). The amendment reads as follows:
The following criteria should be satisfied by a learner before the learner is allowed to exercise the Multiple Examination Option:
The Learner must:
(a) be a progressed learner;
(b) have completed all his/her SBA requirements in all seven subjects;
(c) have attended school regularly (not absent for more than 20 days without a valid reason);
(d) have written the Preparatory examination in all subjects;
(e) have failed a minimum of three subjects;
(f) The learner selecting the Multiple Examination Option must write a minimum of three subjects in his first year (excluding LO) and must have written all seven subjects by the second year.
The Government Gazettes are:
· National Education Policy Act (GG 41240. No. 1249)
Amend the Policy Pertaining to the Conduct, Administration and Management of the NSC Examination.
Download: pdf GG NEPA Multiple exam opportunity Call for comment 41240 No 1249 20171110 (239 KB)
· National Education Policy Act (GG 41240. No. 1250)
Amend the Programme and Promotion Requirements of the NCS (Grades R – 12 ) to include pre-conditions for multiple examination opportunities.
Download: pdf GG NEPA Multiple exam opportunity Call for Comment 41240 No 1250 20171110 (232 KB)
· South African Schools Act (SASA) (GG 41237. No. 1230)
Amend the Draft Amendment Regulations Pertaining to the Conduct, Administration and Management of the NSC Examination.
Download: pdf GG SASA Multiple exam opportunity Call for Comment 41237 No 1230 20171110 (288 KB)
· South Africa Schools Act (GG 41240. No 1251)
Amend the Regulations Pertaining to the NCS (Grades R – 12) to include pre-conditions for multiple examination opportunities.
Download: pdf GG SASA Multiple exam opportunity Call for Comment 41240 No 1251 20171110 (230 KB)
Comment should be submitted to the DBE.
The closing date for comment is 1 December 2017.
CALL FOR COMMENT
REPEAL AND REPLACEMENT OF CHAPTER 10 AND ANNEXURE M TO THE REGULATIONS PERTAINING TO THE CONDUCT, ADMINISTRATION AND MANAGEMENT OF THE NATIONAL SENIOR CERTIFICATE EXAMINATION.
Download the Government Gazette: pdf GG SASA Regs conduct of NSC Exam Repeal and replace chap 10 and Annex M (135 KB)
Download Chapter 10: pdf Exam Irregularities CHAPTER 10 Call for comment (7 KB)
Download Annexure M: pdf Exam Irregularities ANNEXURE M Call for comment (140 KB)
Closing date for submission of comment: 6 December 2017
CALL FOR COMMENT
DRAFT POLICY ON HOME EDUCATION
The Department of Basic Education has gazetted a Draft Policy on Home Education and invites interested parties to submit input as part of the public participation process.
Home Education is a purposeful programme of education for a learner, alternative to school attendance, which is provided under the direction and supervision of the learner’s parent primarily in the environment of the learner’s home. Home Education is recognised under section 51 of the South African Schools Act, 84 of 1996 (SASA), as a lawful alternative to compulsory attendance to school. The provision of Home Education is guided by the Policy for the Registration of Learners for Home Education which was promulgated on 23 November 1999 (effective from January 2000), which sets out national norms and standards which apply uniformly across all Provincial Education Departments (PEDs).
The Department of Basic Education took a decision to review the 1999 Policy in order to address gaps which created inconsistencies in the implementation of the policy nationwide. Therefore a Working Group representative of the Department of Basic Education (DBE), PEDs, UMALUSI, Parents, Independent Schools Associations of South Africa (ISASA), South African Comprehensive Assessment Institute (SACAI), as well as Impaq (representing independent curriculum service providers) was established in 2015 to review the existing Policy (1999), by outlining principles on which the reviewed Policy could be based.
Closing date for submission of comment: 8 December 2017.
Download the Government Gazette: pdf GG Call for comment on draft policy for Home Education Nov 2017 No 41256 (245 KB)
Download the Draft Policy: pdf Draft Policy on Home Education 2017 (2.16 MB)