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.
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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