President Ramaphosa announced back in July that public schools will be closed for four weeks. The Department of Basic Education has now released a revised version of the 2020 school calendar after a review of the academic year was subject to a Cabinet decision.
Deputy Minister for the Department of Basic Education, Dr Reginah Mhaule, shared the updated school calendar and an accompanying statement on social media, on Saturday 1 August 2020.
Amendments to the 2020 school calendar
The department said it “considered the impact of the decision on the current calendar,” and explained the process to amend took into account “the urgency of the matter”.
The consultation process has now been concluded and amendments to the academic calendar for 2020 was approved by “all stakeholders and the Council of Education Ministers”.
“It is the second time this year that school calendar has been revised to accommodate the changes that have been brought by the impact of the coronavirus”.
To all parents, learners, teachers, principals and stakeholders, the @DBE_SA has released the amended school calendar @NationalCoGTA @GovernmentZA @ElijahMhlanga @SAgovnews @GCISMedia @nwdoe @WCEDnews @NCape_Education @Mpueducation @educationgp @kwazi08 @kerryjm @ECDOEZA @mgslg1 pic.twitter.com/Cd7I1ZZkNM
— Dr Reginah Mhaule (@ReginahMhaule) August 1, 2020
School calendar 2020: Grade R to Grade 11
As per the amended school calendar, students will be returning to the classroom on 24 August 2020, with 163 school days remaining in 2020 for teachers, and 156 days for learners. Grade R to Grade 11 will complete the school year on 15 December 2020.
The department also explained that a “break in school will be needed to separate the third and fourth terms”. Therefore, schools will close for a one-week break between 26 and 30 October 2020, before resuming with the fourth term.
School calendar 2020: Grade 12
In addition, Grade 12 exams must be completed by 15 December 2020. Teachers and staff will have until 22 January 2021 to complete marking in order for the examination results to be released by 23 February 2021.
Therefore, the 2020 academic year won’t roll over into 2021. The new academic year will commence on 25 January 2021 for teachers, followed by students a few days later.
The department said all amendments will be gazetted and publishing during the coming week.
“The Minister will issue directions for the basic education sector this coming week. The directions will provide guidance on various matters affecting the basic education sector”.