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South African Schools Act, 1996 (Act No. 84 of 1996)


Regulations pertaining to the National Curriculum Statement for Grades R-12

7. School-Based Assessment


(1) Learners in Grades R-12 will be assessed internally according to the requirements specified in paragraphs 6 and 8(1) of the policy document National Protocol for Assessment Grades R-12 and Section 4 of the Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statements of the required subjects listed in Annexures A-D.


(2) The School-Based Assessment mark for Grades R-3 is determined during the school year and must be 100% of the total mark.


(3) The recorded formal assessment tasks should be included in the final School-Based Assessment mark for progression (Grades 1-8) and promotion (Grades 9-12) purposes.


(4) School-Based Assessment is a compulsory component of the promotion marks in Grades R-12 and is as follows in the different school phases—



School-Based Assessment component

End-of-year examination %

Intermediate Phase



Senior Phase



Further Education and Training Phase




(5) The weighting for assessment in the subject Life Orientation in Grades 10, 11 and 12 is an exception where the School-Based Assessment component will comprise 100% of the total mark. In the National Senior Certificate examination the final promotion mark in Life Orientation will be based on internal assessment which must be externally moderated, as well as a Common Assessment task which is externally set and moderated. Monitoring and moderation mechanisms will be determined by the assessment body and Umalusi.


(6) Subject to Regulation6(4)(a)(iv), the Physical Education Task (PET) in Life Orientation, constitutes the fifth task and is administered across all four school terms, with the exception of Grade 12, which will be three school terms. The mark allocation for the PET (Task 5) is 20% of the total mark out of 400 for Life Orientation, i.e. 80 marks.


(7) In Grade 12, School-Based Assessment and the Practical/Oral Assessment Tasks must be moderated by the Department of Basic Education or the accredited assessment body, and Umalusi.


(8) Schools must ensure that learners have complied with the School-Based Assessment and Practical/Oral Assessment Tasks requirements as stipulated in Section 4 of the Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statements, or as required by the accredited assessment body.