Four Week Break For Public Schools Announced

President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that public schools will have a four week break. However, grade 12 and 7 learners and teachers will have a shorter holiday period than other grades.

Public schools will close for a four week long period, from 27 July until 24 August. However, grade 12 learners will have a one week break and will return on 3 August while grade 7 learners have a two week break and return on 10 August. 

As for special schools, the President said that specific arrangements will be made. 

President Ramaphosa also announced that the current academic year will be extended and go into 2021 and that they have made this decision to close schools due to the country expecting to see the greatest increase in cases. 

Ramphosa stated, "Over the last few days, the Department of Basic Education has met with more than 60 organisations representing parents, school governing bodies, principals, educators, independent schools and civil society organisations. It has also consulted with the Council of Education Ministers, representing the provincial education departments."

"We have always said that the health and well-being of learners and educators is critical," said Ramaphosa and that it is important that learners' progress and development is not held back and that it would have a devastating impact on the prospect of the young generation.

On the School Nutrition Programme, the President said assured South Africans that it will continue to operate. 

A phased-in return of learners began on 8 June with grade 7 and 12 returning and on 6 July grades R, 6 and 11 returned as well. 

During his speech to South Africans, Ramaphosa said that he is aware of this arrangement bringing disappointment to learners who want to go back to school and that it "may cause inconvenience and difficulty for many families who need to make alternative childcare arrangements."


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