South African Schools Act, 1996

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To provide for a uniform system for the organisation, governance and funding of schools; to amend and repeal certain laws relating to schools; and to provide for matters connected therewith.

 

Last update: May 2011


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Latest Developments:

 

This Act has been updated by Notice No. 424 in Government Gazette No. 34290 dated 13 May 2011.

 

This Act has been updated with an amendment in Notice No. 47 in Government Gazette No. 33971 dated 28 January 2011.

 

The National Education Policy Act, 1996 and

the South African Schools Act, 1996 have been updated by Notices No. 349 and 351 in Government Gazette No. 33160 dated 6 May 2010, regarding discontinuation of CTAS in Grade 9, and an amendment to the National Policy, 2007.

 

The Act has been updated with National Norms and Standards for School Funding-Notice No. 1179 printed in Government Gazette No. 32804 dated 11 December 2009.

 

This Act has been updated by Government Notice No. 1135 – Amendment to National Norms and Standards for School Funding – published in Government Gazette No. 32772 dated 3 December 2009.

 

This Act has been updated with Government Notice No. 78 of 2009 relating to a change of date in the National Norms and Standards for School Funding (NNSSF), published in Government Gazette No. 31848 dated 30 January 2009.

 

The Act has been updated by the inclusion of:

Amended Norms and Standards for School Funding – in Government Gazette No. 29179 dated 31 August 2006; as well as a correction notice to that dated 14 December 2006, and an amendment dated 8 October 2008;

Government Notice No. 1149 of 2008 relating to Drug Testing in Schools; and

An approval for change of date of registration for the 2010 and 2011 Senior Certificate Examination in Government Gazette No. 31535 dated 31 October 2008;

 

This Act has been amended by the Education Laws Amendment Act, 2007 (Act No. 31 of 2007), as published in Government Gazette No. 30637 dated 31 December 2007;

Notice No. 918 of 2007 published in Government Gazette No. 30111 dated 23 July 2007 entitled "Approval to call for written submissions from stakeholder bodies and members of the public on the policy and regulation changes emanated from the decision to implement a combined supplementary and end-of-year Senior Certificate Examination in May/June 2008, and one main examination in May/June from 2009 until 2011" , is available in Government Gazette No. 30111;

Publication of List of No Fee Schools per Province : declaring no fee schools in 2007 for all nine Provinces has been added to the Act as published in Notice No. 1205 in Government Gazette No. 29438 dated 1 December 2006;

Regulations relating to the Exemption of Parents from Payment of School Fees in Public Schools has been added to the Act as published in Notice No. R. 1052 in Government Gazette No.29311 dated 18 October 2006

Amended National Norms and Standards for School Funding has been added to the Act as published in Notice No. 869 in Government Gazette No. 29179 dated 31 August 2006;

National Norms and Standards for School Funding has been added to the Act as published in Notice No. 868 in Government Gazette No. 29178 dated 31 August 2006;

This Act has been amended by the Education Laws Amendment Act, No. 24 of 2005 published in Government Gazette No. 28426 dated 26 January 2006;

Regulations for the Conduct, Administration and Management of Assessment for the Senior Certificate has been added to the Act as published in Notice No. 1044 in Government Gazette No. 28156 dated 21 October 2005;

The National Senior Certificate : A Qualification at Level 4 on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) has been added to the Act as published in Notice No. 744 in Government Gazette No. 27819 dated 20 July 2005;

Regulations relating to Safety measures at Independent Schools have been added to the Act as printed in Notice No. 975 in Government Gazette No. 26663 dated 20 August 2004;

The South African Schools Act 1996 has been amended by the Education Laws Amendment Act, No. 1 of 2004 published in Government Gazette No. 26292 dated 26 April 2004;

Regulations for Safety Measures at Public Schools has been added to the Act by Notice No. 1040 in Government Gazette No. 22754 dated 12 October 2001; as well as an Amendment to these Regulations as printed in Government Gazette No. 29376 dated 10 November 2006;

 

The South African Schools Act, 1996, (Act No. 84 of 1996) as published in Government Gazette No. 1867 dated 15 November 1996, has been added to the site, and the following amendments have been applied :

The Education Laws Amendment Act No. 100 of 1997, as published in Government Gazette No. 18480 dated 28 November 1997;

The Education Laws Amendment Act No. 48 of 1999, as published in Government Gazette No. 20650 dated 19 November 1999;

The Education Laws Amendment Act No. 53 of 2000, as published in Government Gazette No. 21783 dated 22 November 2000;

The Education Laws Amendment Act No. 57 of 2001, as published in Government Gazette No. 22895 dated 5 December 2001;

The Education Laws Amendment Act No. 50 of 2002, as published in Government Gazette No. 24113 dated 28 November 2002;