Schools Close Early For Winter Break Today

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The day has finally arrived. Following the President's level 4 announcement, all schools will be closed from today for an early start to the July holidays. 


Learners will say goodbye to their school uniforms today as they embark on their July holidays, a week earlier than the school calendar planned.

To mitigate the spread of Covid-19 and following the huge jump in the number of infections recorded daily, Government announced that schools will close a week earlier on 30 June and will open a week earlier on 19 July.

Initially, the third term was schedules to commence on 26 July.

This applies to both public and private schools.

Last Sunday, the President announced the following:

The closure of schools and other educational institutions for the winter holidays will be brought forward. Schools will start closing from this Wednesday, the 30th of June, and all schools will be expected to be closed by the end of the week, on Friday.

Some school staff will remain at schools until Friday with teachers having to complete administrative tasks. Parents of learners who are living in hostels have until Friday to fetch them from their schools.

Even though schools will be closing, teachers and other school staff will continue to receive their vaccines as part of the Teacher Vaccination Rollout. Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga, is now visiting vaccination sites around the country to monitor the rollout.

Matric camps will also be allowed to continue under strict supervision.

The Department of Basic Education has not yet made any changes to their announcement that all primary schools will get rid of the rotational timetable and all learners will be in school full-time from 26 July.

With the new regulations, this might change. The department is set to discuss this further with the relevant stakeholders.

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