Having cut the academic year short due to Covid-19, the Department of Basic Education has published the new school calendar for 2021 as well as the 2020 Combined Exam time table.
Universities are implementing their plans to return all students and staff from 1 October, subject to any restrictions linked to their own risk assessment due to their local context and conditions.
Here's what you need to know -
- A break in school will be needed to separate the third and fourth terms. As a result, there will be a one week break in October from 26 to 30.
- The school year will be completed on 15 December 2020 for Grade R-11.
- Examinations will start on the 5th of November and end on 15 December, the marking process to be concluded on 22 January, and results will be released on 23 February 2021.
- The new school year will start on 25 January 2021 for teachers with learners following a few days later.
This late start, says the minister, is intended to allow as much time as possible to cover critical curriculum content and ensure that all examination processes were appropriately managed.
The four school terms for 2021 are now gazetted as follows:
- Term 1: 27 January – 31 March (10 Weeks) | 1 Public Holiday | 45 Actual school days
- Term 2: 13 April – 25 June (11 Weeks) | 3 Public Holidays | 51 Actual school days
- Term 3: 13 July – 23 September (11 Weeks) | 1 public holiday | 52 Actual school days
- Term 4: 5 October – 10 December (10 weeks) | No public holidays | 47 Actual school days