Good news parents and learners! The official 2022 school calendar has dropped meaning you get to see what’s in store for next year. The Department of Basic Education (DBE) released two calendars on Wednesday 21 July – one for the inland cluster which includes the Free State, Gauteng, Limpopo, Mpumalanga and the North West and then one for the coastal cluster which includes the Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, the Northern Cape and the Western Cape.
The department said the 2022 school calendar was published after a public participation process.
2022 SCHOOL CALENDAR: CRUCIAL DATES FOR SA LEARNERS, PARENTS AND TEACHERS
Well first off, there are different start dates for the two different clusters. According to the inland cluster 2022 school calendar, the first day of the first term commences on 12 January and ends on 17 March. However, for the coastal cluster, the first term begins on 19 January and ends on 25 March.
The second term will be carried out between 5 April and 24 June for both clusters. The third term will take place between 19 July and 30 September for both clusters and the fourth and final term will take place between 11 October and 14 December 2022.
Both 2022 school calendars (inland and coastal clusters) are made up of 43 weeks for the entire year and roughly 200 school days. The calendar has also been categorised into weekends, days for administration, school days, public holidays, special school holidays and school holidays.
While learning has been disturbed in the past due to COVID-19, we can’t be sure that the dates for the 2022 school calendar will be untouched but nevertheless, we remain positive that the vaccine rollout will do its job.
INLAND CLUSTER: FREE STATE, GAUTENG, LIMPOPO, MPUMALANGA, NORTH WEST
COASTAL CLUSTER: EASTERN CAPE, KZN, NORTHERN CAPE, WESTERN CAPE
DBE PROPOSES STAGGERED CALENDAR FOR 2023
Apart from the 2022 school calendar, Education Department spokesperson Elijah Mhlanga said the department proposed a staggered school calendar for 2023.
“The calendar is gazetted for comment, please send your input using the details on the bottom section of the calendar. One for coastal areas and the other for inland provinces. Have your say!” said Mhlanga on Twitter.