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.
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.