Basic Education

National Assembly Committee

Legacy Report of the Portfolio Committee on Basic Education on its activities undertaken during the 4th Parliament

(May 2009 – March 2014)

Oversight responsibility of Basic Education Portfolio Committee

The Basic Education Portfolio Committee is responsible for the oversight of the Department of Basic Education as well as the following statutory entities:

Education Labour Relations Council
South African Council for Educators
uMalusi Council for Quality Assurance in General and Further Education and Training

THE ROLE AND FUNCTIONS OF COMMITTEES IN PARLIAMENT (provided by Parliament)

The two houses of Parliament, the National Assembly and the National Council of Provinces, conduct their work in plenary sessions (where Members of a house meet together in one group), in joint sittings (where Members of both houses meet as one group), and in Committees (smaller groups of Members).

Working in Committees allows Parliament to:

Increase the amount of work that can be done Ensure that issues can be debated in more detail than in plenary sessions Increase the level of participation of Members of Parliament (MPs) in discussions Enable MPs to develop expertise and in-depth knowledge of the specific Committee's area of work Provide a platform for the public to present views directly to MPs, something which is not possible in a plenary sitting of Parliament Provide an environment for Parliament to hear evidence and collect information related to the work of a specific Committee.

Committees are, in general, proportionally representative of the parties in Parliament. Committee meetings are open to the public, but may be closed if there is a good reason to do so.

The different committees have one or more of the following functions:

They monitor and oversee the work and budgets of national government departments and hold them accountable They consider and amend Bills, and may initiate Bills They consider private members' and provincial legislative proposals and special petitions They consider international treaties and agreements They examine specifi c areas of public life or matters of public interest They take care of domestic parliamentary issues Committees have the power to summon any person to appear before them, give evidence or produce documents. They may require any person or institution to report to them. Committees may also receive petitions, representations or submissions from the public. Each Committee is headed by a Chairperson.


THE DIFFERENT COMMITTEES OF PARLIAMENT

Portfolio Committees
The National Assembly (NA) appoints from among its members a number of Portfolio Committees to shadow the work of the various national government departments.


The role of Portfolio Committees is to:

consider Bills, deal with departmental budget votes, oversee the work of the department they are responsible for, and enquire and make recommendations about any aspect of the department, including its structure, functioning and policy.


The work of Committees is not restricted to government. They may investigate any matter of public interest that falls within their area of responsibility. There is a Portfolio Committee for each national Ministry and its associated government department/s.

Select Committees
The National Council of Provinces (NCOP) appoints from its permanent members a number of Select Committees to shadow the work of the various national government departments and to deal with Bills.

Because only 54 of the 90 NCOP Members are permanent delegates compared to the 400 of the NA, the Select Committees oversee the work of more than one national government department.

Public Accounts Committees
The National Assembly Standing Committee on Public Accounts acts as Parliament's watchdog over the way taxpayers' money is spent by the Executive. Every year the Auditor-General tables reports on the accounts and financial management of the various government departments and State institutions.

Heads of government departments and institutions are regularly called by this committee to report and account for expenditure. The Committee can recommend that the National Assembly takes corrective actions if necessary.

Members' Legislative Proposals and Petitions Committees
Draft bills can be submitted by individual Members of the National Assembly. These bills are considered by the National Assembly's Standing Committee on Private Member's Legislative Proposals and Special Petitions. If the Committee agrees with the principle of the draft Bill, a Bill will be prepared and dealt with by Parliament.

The National Council of Provinces Select Committee on Members' and Provincial Legislative Proposals considers draft Bills from individual NCOP members and provincial legislatures.

Petitions may also be tabled in Parliament and referred to the relevant committee that deals with the issue raised in the petition.

Internal Committees
The National Assembly has a number of internal committees that deal with matters affecting the running of Parliament. The Committees normally consist of senior Members of Parliament. The Rules Committee and its sub-committees deal with House rules, the budget of the House, support for Members, internal arrangements, and powers and privileges of members. Other internal Committees are the Programme Committee that plans the work of the Assembly, the Disciplinary Committee, and the Committee of Chairpersons.

The National Council of Provinces has its own domestic Committees. The Rules Committee and its subcommittees deal with the NCOP rules, the NCOP budget, parliamentary privileges, internal arrangements, international relations and delegated legislation. The Programme Committee plans the work of the NCOP and the Committee of Chairpersons make recommendations about the functioning of Committees and other NCOP forums.

Ad hoc Committees
Parliament or one of its Houses may appoint an ad hoc (temporary) Committee when a special task must be done. When the task is complete, the Committee is dissolved.

Joint Committees
The National Assembly and the National Council of Provinces together appoint a number of joint committees, for example the Constitutional Review Committee.

The Joint Standing Committee on Intelligence and the Joint Standing Committee on Defence are statutory Committees. This means that they are established, by the Constitution or by an Act of Parliament, as well as in terms of the rules of Parliament.

The committees play a very important role in the process of building democracy and involving the public in the processes and activities of Parliament.

No results.

21 Feb 2017 TIMSS Maths/Science Report; Schools 2017 Reopening; Vuwani progress report
14 Feb 2017 Matric results 2016, National Strategy for Learner Achievement, 3-stream curriculum: Department Basic Education briefing, Deputy Minister present
07 Dec 2016 Basic Education reports & minutes
30 Nov 2016 “Jobs for Cash” Report: responses by stakeholders
29 Nov 2016 School Readiness for 2017
23 Nov 2016 Kha Ri Gude Literacy Programme & “Jobs-for-Cash” Report: Department of Basic Education briefing, with Minister and Deputy Minister
08 Nov 2016 Department of Basic Education on its 2 Quarter 2015/16 performance; Mathematics Paper 2 leak
01 Nov 2016 Improving Initial Teacher Education: DBE & DHET input; Continuing Professional Teacher Development (CPTD)
25 Oct 2016 National Education Evaluation and Development Unit (NEEDU) & Quality Learning and Teaching Campaign (QLTC): progress reports
18 Oct 2016 Basic Education Budgetary Review and Recommendations Report
12 Oct 2016 SACE & Umalusi on their 2015/16 Annual Reports; Department of Basic Education audit: Auditor-General briefing
11 Oct 2016 Department of Basic Education on its 2015/16 Annual Report, with Deputy Minister
13 Sep 2016 Education standards & comparative performance in Africa: SACMEQ III & IV study results; 2016 NSC examination preparations: Department of Basic Education briefings
06 Sep 2016 Early Childhood Development implementation: DBE & Social Development briefing
30 Aug 2016 Vuwani: report back; Supplementary Exam / Second Chance Programme; National Education Collaboration Trust progress report
18 Oct 2016 ATC161018: Budgetary Review and Recommendation Report (BRRR) of the Portfolio Committee on Basic Education on the performance of the Department of Basic Education for the 2015/16 financial year, dated 18 October 2016
09 Jun 2016 ATC160609: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Basic Education concerning the Petition from Residents of Limpopo, requesting an audit of the schools feeding programme in the Province, submitted in terms of Rule 312 (Ms D Van Der Walt, MP), dated 24 May 2016
02 Jun 2016 ATC160602: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Basic Education on Oversight Visits to KwaZulu-Natal and Eastern Cape Provinces date 24 May 2016
30 May 2016 ATC160530: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Basic Education on attending the Council for Quality Assurance in General and Further Education and Training (Umalusi) and the Department of Basic Education (DBE) Standardisation of 2015 National Senior Certificate (NSC) Examination Marks Meeting, dated 24 May 2016
30 May 2016 ATC160530: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Basic Education on attending the 16th National Teaching Awards, dated 24 May 2016
30 May 2016 ATC160530: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Basic Education on the Official Release of the National Senior Certificate (NSC) Results for 2015, dated 24 May 2016
26 May 2016 ATC160526: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Basic Education on an oversight visit to KwaZulu-Natal dated 24 May 2016
26 May 2016 ATC160526: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Basic Education on an oversight visit to the Lady Frere District, Eastern Cape dated 24 May 2016
26 May 2016 ATC160526: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Basic Education on its engagement with the Department of Basic Education in Cape Town, dated 24 May 2016
26 May 2016 ATC160526: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Basic Education concerning the Petition from 31 church and school representatives of Graaff-Reinet, calling for relief in respect of various matters pertaining to the provision of quality education, submitted in terms of Rule 312, dated 24 May 2016
03 May 2016 ATC160503: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Basic Education on Budget Vote 14: Basic Education, dated 3 May 2016
22 Oct 2015 ATC151022: Budgetary Review and Recommendation Report of the Portfolio Committee on Basic Education on the performance of the Department of Basic Education for the 2014/15 financial year, dated 21 October 2015.
26 Jun 2015 ATC150626: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Basic Education on oversight visits to the North West Province, dated 14 April 2015
25 Jun 2015 ATC150625: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Basic Education on a Visit to the Inclusive Education South Africa (IESA) Offices followed by visits to two Full Service School in Cape Town, dated 23 June 2015.
20 May 2015 ATC150520: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Basic Education on the Official Handover of the Valhalla Primary School in Metro North Education District, Western Cape, dated 19 May 2015
30 Apr 2015 ATC150430: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Basic Education on Budget Vote 14: Basic Education, dated 29 April 2015
29 Apr 2015 ATC150429: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Basic Education on attending the Council for Quality Assurance in General and Further Education and Training (Umalusi) and the Department of Basic Education (DBE) Standardisation of 2014 National Senior Certificate (NSC) Examination Marks Meeting, dated 14 April 2015.
29 Apr 2015 ATC150429: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Basic Education on the Official Release of the Annual National Assessment Results for 2014, dated 14 April 2015
29 Apr 2015 ATC150429: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Basic Education on oversight visits to KwaZulu-Natal Province, dated 14 April 2015
29 Apr 2015 ATC150429: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Basic Education on the Official Release of the National Senior Certificate (NSC) Results for 2014, dated 14 April 2015
29 Apr 2015 ATC150429: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Basic Education on attending the 15th National Teaching Awards, dated 14 April 2015
22 Oct 2014 ATC141028: Budgetary Review and Recommendation Report of the Portfolio Committee on Basic Education on the performance of the Department of Basic Education for the 2013/14 financial year, dated 22 October 2014
21 Oct 2014 ATC141022: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Basic Education on the Official Handover of the Lower Mpako Senior Primary School in Mthatha, Eastern Cape, dated 21 October 2014
10 Jul 2014 ATC140711: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Basic Education on Budget Vote 15: Basic Education, dated 10 July 2014.
11 Mar 2014 ATC140328: Legacy Report of the Portfolio Committee on Basic Education on its activities undertaken during the 4th Parliament (May 2009 – March 2014), dated 11 March 2014.
11 Mar 2014 ATC140313: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Basic Education on an oversight visit to the Eastern Cape, dated 11 March 2014.
11 Mar 2014 ATC130325: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Basic Education on an oversight visit to the Eastern Cape, dated 11 March 2014.
05 Nov 2013 ATC131105: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Basic Education on its Study Tour to Botswana, dated 5 November 2013
29 Oct 2013 ATC131029: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Basic Education on an oversight visit to the Western Cape Education Department (WCED), dated 29 October 2013
22 Oct 2013 ATC131023: The Budgetary Review and Recommendation Report of the Portfolio Committee on Basic Education on the performance of the Department of Basic Education for the 2012/13 financial year, dated 22 October 2013.
30 Apr 2013 ATC130503: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Basic Education on Budget Vote 15: Basic Education, dated 30 April 2013
12 Mar 2013 ATC130319: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Basic Education on oversight visits to Limpopo, Northern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape Provinces, dated 12 March 2013
12 Mar 2013 ATC130319: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Basic Education on the Official Release of the National Senior Certificate Results for 2012, dated 12 March 2013
20 Nov 2012 ATC121123: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Basic Education on an Oversight Visit to Kuruman, Northern Cape, dated 20 November 2012
20 Nov 2012 ATC121123: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Basic Education on an oversight visit to KwaZulu-Natal and Northern Cape Departments of Education, dated 20 November 2012
20 Nov 2012 ATC121121: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Basic Education on its engagement with the Department of Basic Education in Cape Town, dated 20 November 2012
20 Nov 2012 ATC121122: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Basic Education on the attendance of the 2012 Umalusi Conference on Standards in Education and Training, dated 20 November 2012
23 Oct 2012 ATC121024: The Budgetary Review and Recommendation Report of the Portfolio Committee on Basic Education on the performance of the Department of Basic Education for the 2011/12 financial year, dated 23 October 2012.
28 Aug 2012 ATC120904: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Basic Education on an Oversight visit to the Northern Areas, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, dated 28 August 2012
28 Aug 2012 ATC120903: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Basic Education on a Joint Oversight Visit to Mthatha and Libode, Eastern Cape, dated 28 August 2012.
28 Aug 2012 ATC120903: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Basic Education on an Oversight Visit to Polokwane, Limpopo Province, dated 28 August 2012
15 May 2012 ATC120515: Report: Budget Vote 15: Basic Education, dated 15 May 2012
15 May 2012 ATC120515: Report: Budget Vote 15: Basic Education, dated 15 May 2012
08 May 2012 ATC120508: Report Oversight Visit to the Ohlange Senior Secondary School, Inanda, Durban, dated 8 May 2012
07 Mar 2012 ATC120307: Report Oversight visits to the Eastern Cape, Limpopo and Mpumalanga, dated 6 March 2012
28 Feb 2012 ATC120228: Report Official Release of the National Senior Certificate Results for 2011, dated 28 February 2012
27 Feb 2012 ATC120227: Report Study tour to the Federal Republic of Germany on 02 – 09 December 2011, dated 22 February 2012
24 Feb 2012 ATC120224:Report on The Annual Performance Plan & Budget 2012/13
02 Sep 2011 ATC110902: Report on In-loco site visit to Hazeldene Primary School, Mitchell’s Plain
30 Aug 2011 ATC110830: Report on Engagement with the Department of Basic Education in Pretoria
24 Aug 2011 ATC110824: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Basic Education on the Basic Education Laws Amendment Bill [B 36D – 2010 (Reprint)] (National Assembly – sec 76) dated 23 August 2011
14 Apr 2011 ATC110414: Repor on Public Hearings concerning Access & Delivery of Quality Education
12 Apr 2011 ATC110412: Report Budget Vote 15: Basic Education
14 Mar 2011 ATC110314: Report Petition on the Withdrawal of Subsidies to Six Eastern Cape Independent Schools, submitted in terms of Rule 312, dated 8 March 2011
08 Mar 2011 Report: In-loco sight visit to Schools of Skills in the Western Cape Province, dated 8 March 2011
08 Mar 2011 ATC110308: Report on Basic Education Laws Amendment Bill [B 36 – 2010]
08 Mar 2011 ATC110308: Report Oversight Visits to the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal, dated 22 February 2011
16 Feb 2011 ATC110216: Report on Official Release of the National Senior Certificate Results for 2010
22 Nov 2010 ATC101122: Report on Oversight Visit to Mpumalanga Department of Education
19 Nov 2010 ATC101119: Report on Oversight Visits to Provincial Examination Centres
17 May 2010 ATC100517: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Basic Education on Budget Vote 14: Basic Education, dated 20 April 2010
17 Nov 2009 ATC091117: Report: Oversight Visit to Giyani, Limpopo Province
11 Nov 2009 ATC091111: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Higher Education and Training on its Oversight visit to the University of Stellenbosch, dated 11 November 2009
11 Sep 2009 ATC090911: Report Engagement with the Department of Basic Education in Pretoria
08 Sep 2009 ATC090908: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Higher Education & Training on its Strategic Planning Workshop and the proposed 5 year programme
20 Aug 2009 ATC090820: Joint Report on Oversight visit to the (NSFAS)
26 Jun 2009 ATC090626: Joint report of the Portfolio Committees on Basic Education and Higher Education and Training on Budget Vote 13: Education, dated 26 June 2009
18 Nov 2008 ATC081118: Report on National Qualifications Framework Bill
18 Nov 2008 ATC081118: Report on General and Further Education and Training Quality Assurance Amendment Bill
17 Oct 2008 ATC081017: Report: Oversight Visit to Vaal University of Technology
27 Aug 2008 ATC080827: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Education on its Strategic Workshop with the Department of Education on 9 – 11 March 2008 at Villa Via Hotel in Gordon’s Bay:
13 Aug 2008 ATC080813: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Education on the Higher Education Amendment Bill [B 34 - 2008] (National Assembly - Section 75), dated 12 August 2008:
12 Aug 2008 ATC080812: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Education on the National Qualifications Framework Bill [B 33 - 2008] (National Assembly - Section 76), dated 12 August 2008
12 Aug 2008 ATC080812: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Education on the Higher Education Amendment Bill [B 34 - 2008] (National Assembly - Section 75), dated 12 August 2008:
12 Aug 2008 ATC080812: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Education on the General and Further Education and Training Quality Assurance Amendment Bill [B 35 - 2008] (National Assembly - Section 76), dated 12 August 2008:
19 Jun 2008 ATC080619: Report Oversight Visit to Free State University
Report: Joint Budgetary Review and Recommendation Report of the Portfolio Committees on Basic Education and Higher Education and Training
04 Jan 2017 NW2686 by Mr G R Davis
25 Dec 2016 NW2699 by Ms D van der Walt
15 Dec 2016 NW2724 by Ms H S Boshoff
15 Dec 2016 NW2723 by Ms D van der Walt
15 Dec 2016 NW2684 by Mr G R Davis
12 Dec 2016 NW2687 by Ms D van der Walt
07 Dec 2016 NW2644 by Ms D van der Walt
07 Dec 2016 NW2669 by Ms H S Boshoff
07 Dec 2016 NW2643 by Ms D van der Walt
01 Dec 2016 NW2670 by Ms H S Boshoff
01 Dec 2016 NW2592 by Mr G R Davis
29 Nov 2016 NW1960 by Mr D Bergman
29 Nov 2016 NW2595 by Ms H S Boshoff
29 Nov 2016 NW2593 by Ms H S Boshoff
29 Nov 2016 NW2591 by Mr G R Davis
29 Nov 2016 NW2594 by Ms H S Boshoff
29 Nov 2016 NW2578 by Ms N R Mashabela
29 Nov 2016 NW2287 by Mr D Bergman
29 Nov 2016 NW2083 by Mr H C C Krüger
29 Nov 2016 NW1756 by Mrs C Dudley
21 Nov 2016 NW1781 by Mr D Bergman
21 Nov 2016 NW1742 by Mr G R Davis
09 Nov 2016 NW2182 by Ms H S Boshoff
09 Nov 2016 NW1959 by Ms H S Boshoff
09 Nov 2016 NW2190 by Ms S P Kopane
09 Nov 2016 NW2191 by Ms S P Kopane
09 Nov 2016 NW2192 by Ms S P Kopane
31 Oct 2016 NW1785 by Ms H S Boshoff
31 Oct 2016 NW1778 by Mr G R Davis
31 Oct 2016 NW2048 by Mr A M Figlan
28 Oct 2016 NW2187 by Mr C D Matsepe
28 Oct 2016 NW2185 by Mr S C Motau
28 Oct 2016 NW2184 by Ms H S Boshoff
28 Oct 2016 NW2170 by Ms J Edwards
28 Oct 2016 NW2183 by Ms H S Boshoff
28 Oct 2016 NW2189 by Mr C D Matsepe
28 Oct 2016 NW2188 by Mr C D Matsepe
24 Oct 2016 NW1958 by Ms H S Boshoff
24 Oct 2016 NW1787 by Mr T J Brauteseth
17 Oct 2016 NW1790 by Mr Y Cassim
17 Oct 2016 NW1782 by Mr D Bergman
17 Oct 2016 NW2116 by Ms E N Louw
17 Oct 2016 NW2013 by Mrs Z B N Balindlela
17 Oct 2016 NW1802 by Mr H B Groenewald
17 Oct 2016 NW1798 by Mr S Esau
17 Oct 2016 NW1797 by Mr S Esau
17 Oct 2016 NW1796 by Mr S Esau
17 Oct 2016 NW1791 by Mr Y Cassim
17 Oct 2016 NW1779 by Mr G R Davis
17 Oct 2016 NW1788 by Mr T J Brauteseth

All questions to the Minister

Contact

Secretary of Committee:

Llewellyn Brown

Tel: 021 403 3764

Cell: 083 709 8450

Email: lbrown@parliament.gov.za

Secretary to Chairperson:

Rowena Nourse

Tel: 021 403 2531

Email: rnourse@parliament.gov.za