South Africa Announced Revised 2020 Academic Calendar

The South Africa Department of Education has released the new revised 2020 academic calendar for schools. This is due to the challenges on Covid-19 which has disrupt the year academic activities.

The review of the academic calendar is as a result of the resolution of the cabinet meeting that school should go on break for four weeks. In President Cyril Ramaphosa address to SA citizen a week ago, he said schools should be close for 4 weeks and will be reopened by 24th of August.

The Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga in his word, said ”It is important to bear in mind that the latest opinions of the Ministerial Advisory Committee, medical and scientific experts are that learners are better at school than in communities and homes where the infections are actually taking place”.

According to the department of education, the consultation process was ended with all stakeholders and the Council of Education Minister’s approval of the revised school calendar.

This is the second time this year that the academic calendar will be revised due to the pandemic ravaging the world. According to the new calendar, school activities will resume on the 24th of August 2020. There are 163 school days for teachers and students.
According to the new academic calendar, the Grade R-11 school year will be completed on December 15, 2020, which will not be carried over to 2021 first quarter. The students will go on a one week break in October from 26 to 30 to separate the third and fourth term.
Grade 12 students will complete their examination by 15 December and the marking of exam script will be concluded on 22 January and results released on 23 February 2021. A new session will commence on 25 January 2021 for teachers and learners which is a few days later.
SA Revised Academic Calendar

The department of education said in a statement, that the calendar will be gazetted and published early next week. Directions and guidance on various matter affecting basic education will be announced this coming week.

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