DET, noun

Forms:
Also (rarely) Det.
Origin:
Initial letters of Department of Education and Training.
historical
A name given to the government department administering the education of black schoolchildren during the apartheid era. Also attributive.
Note:
Called the Department of Bantu Education until 1978: see note at Bantu Education.
1981 Pretoria News 26 Nov. 13The Joint Matriculation Board is still waiting for a full report from the Department of Education and Training...A full report from the Det was submitted.
1983 E. Jayiya in Afr. Today 8 Apr. 8Main target of the DET plan is the problem of under-qualified teachers.
1985 Probe Oct. 11Authorities in the DET told us that they were working towards one educational system.
1988 Star 26 Apr. 4Fewer DET teachers have no matric.
1990 M. Kentridge Unofficial War 104In Natal..the Department of Education and Training (DET) of the South African government..administers schools in black areas not incorporated into KwaZulu.
1993 Natal Witness 2 Jan. 3The 43,8% of black matrics who passed the DET exams stands in stark contrast to the 97,9% pass rate posted by white matrics in the Transvaal in 1992.
A name given to the government department administering the education of black schoolchildren during the apartheid era. Also attributive.

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