Department of Basic Education Releases Amended School Calendar


On Saturday, the Department of Basic Education released a revised version of the rest of the 2020 academic year.

In July, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced a four-week break for schools, to ensure that they were prepared for the return of more grades in August.

The four-week break included everyone except Grade 12 and 7s, who would have a week and two-week-long break respectively.

Once the school calendar resumes for everyone on 24 August, a very different academic programme will be awaiting pupils and teachers.

In October there will be another break from 26 to 30 October in order to separate the third and fourth terms.

Grade 12s must’ve wrapped up their year-end exams by mid-December and marking will be completed by 22 January of the new year, the results will be released a little over a month later in February.

The school year for grades R to 11 should have concluded by 15 December. This means that the academic year won’t be rolled over into 2021.