Department of Basic Education
Logo of the department
|Preceding Department||Department of Education|
|Jurisdiction||Government of South Africa|
|Headquarters||Sol Plaatje House, Pretoria
|Annual budget||R6,166.2 million (2010/11)|
|Ministers responsible||Angie Motshekga, Minister of Basic Education
Enver Surty, Deputy Minister of Basic Education
|Department executive||Bobby Soobryan, Director-General: Basic Education|
|Key document||South African Schools Act, 1996|
The Department of Basic Education (DBE) is one of the departments of the South African government. It oversees primary and secondary education in South Africa. It was created in 2009 after the election of President Jacob Zuma, when the former Department of Education was divided.
The political head of the department is the Minister of Basic Education; as of May 2009[update] this is Angie Motshekga. The department is headquartered in Sol Plaatje House, named after the author Sol Plaatje, in Pretoria. This South African ministry has been heavily criticized, especially during the 2012 textbook crisis.
- "Contact Us." Department of Basic Education. Retrieved on 18 November 2011. "Physical Address Sol Plaatje House 222 Struben Street Pretoria 0001"
- "Vote 14: Basic Education". Estimates of National Expenditure 2010. Pretoria: National Treasury. 17 February 2010. ISBN 978-0-621-39079-7. Retrieved 30 August 2010.
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