- The Department of Basic Education has released the revised school calendar
- The Covid-19 pandemic has seen the plan for the academic year altered twice
- South Africa students are set to resume classes on 24 August after schools were closed
The revised school calendar for the remainder of the 2020 academic year has been released by the Department of Basic Education.
The calendar has been adjusted twice to date to take the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic into account.
Classes will resume on 24 August after the break announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa a week ago.
The year will wrap up on 15 December for Grade R-11 students with a break to separate the third and fourth terms. This break will take place from 26 to 30 October.
Grade 12 students will complete their exams by 15 December with marking expected to be concluded by 22 January. The Department will then release the matric results on 23 February 2021.
Commenting on these changes the Department noted that Minister Angie Motshekga will be issuing further instructions during the course of the week:
"The calendar will be gazetted and published early next week. The Minister will issue Directions for the basic education sector this coming week. The Directions will provide guidance on various matters affecting the basic education sector."
In other news, Briefly.co.za reported that Norma Gigaba has been released from Brooklyn police station in Pretoria after the former minister's wife was arrested on Friday.
It is understood that she is currently facing charges of malicious damage to property. The issue is centred around a Mercedes G-Wagon that a friend had lent Malusi Gigaba.
Her lawyer Victor Nkwashu who confirmed that the 40-year-old mom of two would be appearing in court soon:
“We can confirm that bail has been fixed for her at R5,000 and that she will appear in court on Monday."
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