Here Is The Official 2023 School Calendar

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The approach to the opening of schools in South Africa will remain staggered with coastal and inland schools beginning their respective school years on different dates.


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The approach to the opening of schools in South Africa will remain staggered with coastal and inland schools beginning their respective school years on different dates.

Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga has published the 2023 school calendar for public schools in South Africa. The minister explained the calendar was officially published after consultations with the council of Education Ministers.

Schools in inland provinces will open on 9 January 2023 with learners returning to the classroom on 11 January 2023. 

Schools in coastal provinces will open a week later on 16 January 2023 with learners going back on 18 January 2023.

The school year will then end on 13 December for both inland and coastal schools.

2023 School Term Dates For Inland Schools. (Free State, Gauteng, Limpopo, Mpumalanga and North West)

Duration 

No. of week

No. of days

No. of public holidays 

Actual no. of school days 

(9) 11 January - 24 March 

11

53(55)

1+1

51(53)

12 April - 23 June 

11

53

3+1

49

18 July - 29 September 

11

54

2

52

10 October - 13 December (15) December

10

47(49)

0

47(49)

Total 

43

207(211)

6+2

199(203)

*Dates In Brackets Are Days For Administration

2023 School Term Dates For Coastal Schools. (Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, Northern Cape and Western Cape)

Duration 

No. of week

No. of days

No. of public holidays 

Actual no. of school days 

(16) 18 January -  31 March 

11

53(55)

1+1

51(53)

12 April - 23 June 

11

53

3+1

49

18 July - 29 September 

11

54

2

52

10 October - 13 December (15) December

10

47(49)

0

47(49)

Total 

43

207(211)

6+2

199(203)

*Dates In Brackets Are Days For Administration

 

Public and School Holidays 2023

01 January: New Year’s Day

02 January: Public Holiday

20 March: Special School Holiday

21 March: Human Rights Day

7 April: Good Friday

10 April: Family Day

27 April: Freedom Day

28 April: Special School Holiday

01 May: Workers’ Day

16 June: Youth Day

9 AugustNational Women’s Day

24 September: Heritage Day

25 September: Public Holiday

16 December: Day of Reconciliation

25 December: Christmas Day

26 December: Day of Goodwill

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