SOUTH AFRICA - Cape Town - Blue strips are placed 1.5m apart where kids will have break and wait for their turn in class. Picture Courtney Africa/African News Agency(ANA)

The new school calendar

CAPE TOWN – The minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga released the planned return dates for all grades with Grades 7 and 12 to return from June 1.

The return to school for other grades will be staggered and that only schools that have met the minimum health and safety Covid-19 measures will be allowed to open.

“The May /June 2020 examination for candidates who registered for the Senior Certificate and the National Senior Certificate will be administered in November /December 2020, unless unforeseen circumstances occur, in which instance the Minister shall make the necessary determination,” read the gazette.



Motshekga added that parents need to apply for home education if they choose not to send their children to school in terms of section 4 of the South African Schools Act.


Other key points:

  • All events at schools – including sports and cultural festivals – have been suspended until designated by the minister;
  • The May/June matric examinations have been moved to November/December;
  • Each teacher must be provided with at least two masks and no learners may be allowed onto school premises without a mask;
  • All schools must develop a workplace plan;
  • Social distancing measures of 1.5 metres should be observed in every school;
  • The national curriculum has been ‘trimmed’ to make up for lost teaching times


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