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Planning, Policy & Strategy

Planning, Policy & Strategy​OVERVIEW

Branch Planning, Policy and Strategy

Branch H provides a number of transversal (cross-cutting) content-related services for DHET such as legal services, international relations, career development, open learning and strategic planning.

Branch H comprises the following Chief Directorates (sub-programmes):

  • Programme Management
  • Chief Directorate: HRD, Planning and Coordination
  • Chief Directorate: Planning, Information, Monitoring and Evaluation Coordination
  • Chief Directorate: International Relations
  • Chief Directorate: Legal and Legislative Services
  • Chief Directorate: Social Inclusion, Access, Quality and Equity

Chief Directorate: Planning, Policy & Strategy

To provide strategic direction in the development and implementation of relevant policies, programmes and projects. 

Chief Directorate: Policy Management and System Planning 

To manage the policy and system planning

Directorate: Research Services Monitoring and Evaluation  


To provide research services monitoring and evaluation

Directorate: Information Systems Management


To provide information systems management

Chief Directorate: International Cooperation and Development 


To develop, promote, coordinate and render international relations and access international development resources in supporting the education and training objectives, of the Department.


  • Directorate: Africa and Middle East
  • To foster continental and regional collaboration and to develop relations with the Middle East through outreach and an exchange of knowledge, skills and best practices.


  • Directorate: Global Partnerships
  • To promote education and training collaboration and leverage resources in order to support a quality and globally competitive higher education and training system.

Chief Directorate: Social Inclusion, Equity, Access and Quality  

To manage social inclusion and equity, access and quality

Directorate: National Qualifications Framework

To render the national qualifications framework administration 

Directorate: Career Development and Open Learning


To provide career development services and open and distance learning

Directorate: Social Inclusion and Equity

To provide for social inclusion and equity in higher education and training

Chief Directorate: Legal and Legislative Services
To manage an administrative legal and legislative service for the Department and administer legal skills and educational Institution matters with legal implications for the Department. 

Medium Term Strategic Framework Reporting on Outcome 5: A skilled and capable workforce to support an inclusive growth path

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DHET Information Standards

DHET Stand ard RefNameStatusDownloadComments
DHET 001The requirements for the Administration of SurveyCompleted
DoE version is available
DHET 002The data Quality Standard SurveysCompletedAvailable
DHET 003The Publication of the Master list of Education Training Institutions in the Post School Sector
Under reviewNot yet available2012 version is available
DHET 004Requirements for Permission to Conduct Research in the DHET and DHET InstitutionsRequirements for Permission to Conduct Research in the DHET and DHET Institutions
DHET 005Standard for File Name ConventionCompletedAvailable
DHET 006The Skills Planning DictionaryUnder developmentNot yet available
DHET 007The Submission, Processing and Archiving of Data Completed
DHET 008 TVETMIS File Specification CompletedAvailable
DHET 009The Publication for the Post School Education and Training Statistics Reports CompletedAvailable
DHET 010 Data Dissemination Standard
CompletedAvailable​Reviewed version is available
DHET 011Data Confidentiality Standard
DHET 013Specifications for load files for the Skills Education and Training Management Information System QMR (SETMIS-QMR)Completed

​DHET 015
Standard for the Quality Assurance of the DHET data

​DHET 017
Dictionary of Terms and Concepts for Post-School Education and Training, 2021

​DHET 019
Specifications for the load files for the Community Education and Training Management Information System(CETMIS)

HSRC LMIP Dictionary


Information Systems Coordination 

Legal and Legislative Services

Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Coordination

Research Coordination, Monitoring and Evaluation

System Monitoring & Labour Market Intelligence

Social Inclusion and Equity

Programme Management

National Qualifications Framework


Branch Coordinator

Ms Constance Kehologile
Telephone +27 12 312 5538
Fax +27 12-324 5713/086 714 0248

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