South Africa Makes Changes to School Calendar as Coronavirus Restrictions Hit
Basic Education minister, Angie Mothsekga, has outlined her department’s plans for schools as South Africa continues to grapple with the coronavirus pandemic.
Following a statement made by president Cyril Ramaphosa on Sunday evening, in which he declared the virus a national disaster, Mothsekga announced that all schools will be closed from Wednesday, 18 March 2020. Mothsekga said that schools should resume again on 14 April 2020 – unless determined otherwise. This means that 10 school days will be lost as a result of the school closures.
“To compensate for lost days the June holidays will be cut short by a week. Once opened schools will be encouraged to extend tuition hours,” she said.
“It must be noted that this directive affects all schools; public ordinary schools, independent schools and private. The technical aspects of these measures will be addressed by the concerned parties.”