Government has released a proposed calendar for 2022. The 2020 school year has been a tough year and plans are now in motion to get back lost teaching time.
The 2022 school year is scheduled to start on 12 January and end on 14 December 2022 for inland schools.
Schools that are in provinces along the coast will start on 19 January and end on 14 December 2022.
This is an early start, compared to the opening date of 27 January for the 2021 school year.
In October, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga released the 2021 school calendar saying the 2020 curriculum would be carried over into 2021.
“What we have done for the internal grades is to take parts of the curriculum of 2020 into 2021 so we are going to only teach and assess them on only 70% of the curriculum."
"In 2021, when the Grade 3s, for instance, start, they will start with Grade 2 work which we had removed from the curriculum."
“We are not going to dump the work we missed, we are going to factor it into 2021,” said Motshekga.
The Minister also said the department would use the next 3 years to catch up on parts of the curriculum that were trimmed.
The department has not yet guven details about exactly how much of the 2021 curriculum will be carried over to 2022.
The proposed calendar for 2022 shows the school year will have 43 teaching weeks, an improvement from the 37 teaching weeks schools had in 2020.
Public schools lost a total of 5 weeks teaching time in 2020 because of the Covid-19 lockdown.
The department hopes 2021 and 2022 will give them enough time to catch up on the work that was removed from the curriculum.