Management and Administration of Education

The constitution of the Republic of South Africa assigns the administration of public education in South Africa to both the national Ministry of Education and the nine (9) provincial departments. In practice the national department develops policies while provincial departments are charged with the responsibility to implement the policies.

The administrative tier between the province and the school is the district or region in some instances. Being at the point where the education system interfaces directly with learning sites, districts are ideally positioned to provide administrative and professional support to schools. Districts are expected to provide management and professional support to schools to improve and maintain high quality teaching and learning standards.

See the SACMEQ reports for more information.

For more information and additional reports, please see the South Africa Ministry of Basic Education Website.