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Revised Academic Calendar Released

Leaked Document

The speculation about the revised academic calendar has been confirmed and released.


President Cyril Ramaphosa made it clear that the academic school year would go beyond 2020. However, the document announced that the school year would end on 15 December for learners in Grades R to 11.

This document was leaked to a Hedcom workshop. Hedcom comprises the director-general of basic education Mathanzima Mweli and the superintendents-general of education of the nine provinces.

Within the document, it suggested that the 2020 academic year should not be moved to the first quarter of 2021.

A week's vacation from 26 to 30 October was suggested to separate the third and fourth terms.

There were 163 remaining days for educators and 156 for pupils.

Initially the new academic year for teachers was planned for 18 January and 20 January for pupils, however it can also be moved up a week due to matric markers still being busy marking from 18 to 22 January.

Matric exams were recommended to begin on 5 November and end on 15 December.

Matric marking was expected to take place from 4 to 22 January, while 2 February was proposed as the date for the standardisation of marks by exams quality assurer Umalusi.

It was proposed that the ministerial announcement of the results take place on 22 February and the provincial announcements a day later.

The proposed amendments will be shared by a Hedcom subcommittee with the teacher unions on Friday.



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