Branch Further Education and Training
To impact decisively on the lives of 15 to 24 year olds through access to high quality
Branch Further Education and Training consists of three Chief Directorates:
1. School Curriculum for Grades 10 – 12
This Chief Directorate supports the implementation of the National Curriculum Statement in
Grades 10 -12 through
Subject Advisor and Teacher Training
Textbook screening and provision
Information Communication Technology – Portal and ICT hard ware and software
Monitoring visits to schools and districts
2. FET Colleges
This Chief Directorate supports skills development programmes especially the National
Certificate (Vocational) through:
Three Strategic Planning and Monitoring
Planned enrolment based on funding norms
Development of Student Support Services
College Council Training
Textbook screening and provision
ICT – hardware and software and business management information systems
Registration of Private Colleges
3. National Examinations
This Chief Directorate is responsible for policy, planning and conduct of all national
examinations in schools, colleges and adult centres.
Branch F Goals for 2009 to 2014
All Grade 10 – 12 teachers trained to teach the National Curriculum Statement (NCS)
All Grade 10 -12 teachers have laptops, have an e-mail address, are IT capable and use
Thutong for teaching and learning
2, 7 million learners or 90% of the cohort enrolled in Grades 10 -12
All Grade 10 – 12 learners have textbooks for each subject
All 12 learners leaving school are IT capable
400 000 learners pass the NSC and 30% qualify for degree study
500 Dinaledi Schools are centres of excellence for maths and science
Less than 1 000 schools achieve under 60% pass rate in Grade 12
All lecturers trained to deliver National Certificate (Vocational) at one or more levels
All lecturers have laptops, are IT capable and have access to Thutong
500 000 students enrolled on National Certificate (Vocational) programmes
All National Certificate (Vocational) students have textbooks for each subject
All National Certificate (Vocational) students gain 100 hours plus workplace experience
before leaving college
All National Certificate (Vocational) students leave college IT capable
Pass rate at Level 2: 60%; pass rate at Level 3: 75%; pass rate at level 4: 90%+
Establish a South African Assessment and Examinations Board
Produce high quality written exams, practical exams (PATs and ISATs), exam reports,
certificates and statistics for:
Senior Certificate (2009 – 2011)
National Senior Certificate (2009 – 2014)
N 3 – N6 (2009 to 2012)
National Certificate (Vocational) Level 2 – 4 (2009 – 2014)
PRINT AND ELECTRONIC LEARNING MATERIAL TO SUPPORT GRADE 12 LEARNERS IN 2009
The following print and electronic learning material is available to support Grade 12 learners in 2009.
1. Study Mate and Studiepêl
The Department of Education will develop two editions of Study Mate. The first 16 page tabloid
edition was published in March 2009. The publication was distributed to district offices at the
beginning of the second term. This edition comprises the Know the Expert series. The edition
assists Grade 12 learners to start planning for the 2009 NSC Examinations and includes the
examination Timetable and tips for successful planning.
Studiepêl will be available on the website at the end of May 2009.
The second edition of Study Mate and Studiepêl will be distributed during the second term of
2009 and will comprise exemplar question papers from teachers and subject advisors
approved by the Department of Education exam panels. The Department of Education will
develop the second edition and they will be delivered to district offices.
2. Independent Newspapers - Study Mate – Past Papers
The Department of Education and Independent Newspapers will produce an edition of
Study Mate which will consist of examinations of November 2008 and the
supplementary National Senior Certificate examination papers with memoranda. The
edition will be available in June 2009 directly from Independent Newspapers. Private
companies who wish to sponsor these books to deserving schools are encouraged to
contact the Department of Education.
DVDs have been developed which provide tuition in all high enrolment subjects. Expert
teachers and Department of Education curriculum specialists assist learners with
examination papers, explain common mistakes and give useful tips. These will be
available as a package with Study Mate (Past papers).
3. Sunday Times – Exemplar Question Papers
Avusa Media will publish a 48-page tabloid book comprising exemplar examination papers for
Grade 12 learners on the 4th of October 2009. A competition will be run by the Sunday Times
for teachers to submit samples of Grade 12 examination papers. The published examination
papers will be selected by the Department of Education’s examination panels.
4. Maths 911 (Liberty Life)/ Matric Matters and DSTV (Mindset)
Liberty Life and Independent Newspapers developed Maths 911 for Grades 11 and 12. The
content is new and was approved by Subject Advisors at the Department of Education. 125
000 copies will be provided to Dinaledi schools by the end of May 2009. The content of the
books will be uploaded onto the Thutong and DoE websites. PDEs will receive copies of the
book on CD and can print copies for schools in their province.
Matric Matters, a supplement which appears weekly in the Independent Newspapers, will be
linked to the Maths 911 books. In addition, support will be provided on DSTV on the Mindset
Matric Matters will also produce two, 48 page supplements of Maths and Science Exemplar
papers in the 2nd and 3rd terms.
Liberty Life will also produce Maths 911 for Grade 10 learners. These will be available
electronically in the second term. Provinces may print copies for their schools.
A Physical Science book for Grade 12 is being developed and will also be available
electronically on the Thutong and DoE websites in the second term. They may be printed by
5. SABC Education
The Department of Education together with SABC will launch a revision programme for
Grade 11 and 12 learners in Mathematics, Mathematics Literacy, Physical Science,
English (First Additional Language), Accounting, Life Orientation and Life Sciences on
SABC 1, Monday to Friday, from 14h00 to 15h00 starting 1 st June 2009.
Additional lesson support will be provided on the Thutong and DoE websites.
6. Thutong website
Subject Advisors at the Department of Education will continue to maintain individual learning
spaces for the various subjects on the Thutong website.
A special space on the Thutong website has been created for support for Grade 12 learners in
2009. This space will comprise messages from the Minister, advocacy, current news, a
countdown to the examinations, exemplar examination papers and tips on how to prepare for
the examinations as well as the Examination Timetable.
OTHER FORMS OF SUPPORT IN 2009
The DoE will continue, in collaboration with PDEs, to provide training for teachers on content
for grades 10 to 12. The DoE will also monitor schools and provinces to ensure appropriate
and targeted support is provided.