2021 South African school calendar announced

2021 South African school calendar announced

Finally the 2021 South African calender for schools can now be happily announced after the whole Covid- 19 pandemic sessions and protocols observed. The Department of Basic Education (DBE) have announced details of the 2021 school calendar on Thursday 17 December, with Minister Angie Motshekga saying that schools will welcome back students on 27 January. 2021 South African school calendar announced

Motshekga said during a briefing that the DBE is well prepared for the upcoming school year, and hopes to ensure that students spend a great deal more time in the classrooms in 2021 than they did in 2020. 

“The sector is ready for the 2021 academic year. Schools will reopen on 25 January for teachers and learners are expected back on 27 January,” she said. 

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SCHOOL ADMISSIONS FINALISED ACROSS COUNTRY  

Motshekga said that admissions processes have been finalised in all provinces, and that District offices “will be available to assist parents where the need arises”. 

“Since the COVID-19 pandemic, the DBE has been monitoring the state of provinces on a weekly basis to ensure that provinces have systems in place to cope under the pandemic; and to provide support, where support is needed, to ensure smooth reopening and running of schools,” she said. 

“We will maintain the delicate balance of health and safety in schools and also ensure that we plug on gaps for curriculum recovery which we have been able to successfully during the 2020 academic year.”

She said that senior managers in the sector will be working during the festive season to put final touches to the already existing plan for 2021.

MOTSHEKGA CONSULTING WITH INTERNATIONAL PARTNERS  

Motshekga also said that members of her department has been working with its African counterparts to compare notes on how each has dealt with the COVID-19 pandemic and the challenges it poses to the education sector. 

“We have been working with other countries such as Zimbabwe, Namibia, Kenya, and Rwanda as well as others from other continents to draw on lessons learned during COVID -19 and preparing for 2021,” she said. “These engagements have been extremely useful even from world and continental fora.” 

She said that the Department has also published the proposed school calendar for 2022, adding that a a “staggered calendar” – in which coastal and inland provinces open schools on different dates – has been proposed.  She urged members of the public to make inputs on the proposed calendar.

“We humbly request that members of the public and stakeholders make their inputs, before we finalise it.  You have until the middle of January 2021 to send in your inputs,” she said. 

This is one of the best news despite the covid-19 protocols that have been the call of the year. It is a very good and relieving news for all students in South Africa. Please always do well to drop your comment below so that we know how well to improve our services to you.

2021 South African school calendar announced

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