Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is SA-SAMS?

    SA-SAMS

    The South African School Administration and Management System (SA-SAMS) is the government-funded school administration system. SA-SAMS contains the data collected on a National basis through LURITS, Learner Unit Record Information, and Tracking System. Legislation allows the use of any School Administration and Management System (SAMS) including, but not limited to, Principal+ provided that it complies with the standard or data format and is similar in design for monitoring and evaluation purposes.

  • How Does SA-SAMS Work?

    SA-SAMS Process

    1. The legislation of the Department of Education requires that all South African schools submit quality data that is secured, validated and deployed within their districts and provinces.
    2. The Department of Education then integrates, collects, monitors and evaluates the data to submit to LURITS.
    3. Feedback files will be returned to the school or district after the data has been submitted to LURITS and processed at a provincial level.
    4. Once the encrypted files are received, the school can update newly registered LURITS numbers to their systems.
  • Is the use of SA-SAMS as an administration system compulsory for schools?
    The South African School Administration and Management System (SA-SAMS) is the government-funded school administration system. Based on the current relevant legislation and policies from the Department, the use of SA-SAMS as an administration system is NOT MANDATORY.

    SA-SAMS facilitates the collection of data required on a National level by LURITS, the Learner Unit Record Information and Tracking System. Legislation allows the use of ANY School Administration and Management System (SAMS) including, but not limited to, Principal+ provided that it complies with the data format standard and is similar in design (for monitoring and evaluation purposes).