Angie Motshekga

The Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) deals with universities, and other post-school education and training, as well as coordinating the Human Resource Development Strategy for South Africa (HRDSSA).

The role and responsibilities for education in South Africa is shared by the Department of Education and the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET). The Department of Education specifically deals with all schools and grades ranging from Grade R to Grade 12, and adult literacy programmes.


Three parties have decide to take the Department of Basic Education to court to have the decision, that all learners should rewrite the Mathematics paper 2 and Physical Sciences paper 2, overturned.

Maths and science

On Tuesday, the Department of Basic Education released the 2019 Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study report. The TIMSS report has shown concern about the country being below the global average in maths and science. However, learners are continuning to improve in these subjects.


Since the announcement that all matriculants will re-write Mathematics Paper 2 and Physical Science Paper 2, COSAS has expressed their intention to take the Basic Education Department to court.

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