Govt releases proposed 2023 school calendar for public comment

The DBE has launched a preliminary calendar.

  • DBE launched the proposed 2023 school calendar for comment.
  • Parties and organisations have been requested to comment on it inside one month. 
  • Fedsas believed issues could also be again to regular in colleges in 2023, with out disruptions, as folks had been being vaccinated.  

The Department of Basic Education has launched its proposed 2023 school calendar and requested for comment from events and organisations.

According to the proposed calendar, coastal colleges would reopen from 18 January till 31 March 2023, whereas the inland colleges would reopen from 11 January to 24 March 2023. 

Teachers from coastal colleges would return on 16 January, with their inland counterparts on 9 January.

It additionally proposed that the fourth time period would run from 10 October to 13 December 2023, for inland and coastal colleges. 

If the calendar is accepted, the variety of school days would whole 199 for pupils and 203 for lecturers. 

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The division had requested events and organisations to comment in writing inside one month. 

While it requested suggestions for the 2023 calendar, the 2022 schedule had additionally been set. 

In 2022, colleges had been anticipated to reopen on 10 January for lecturers and 12 January for pupils.

The Federation of Governing Bodies of South African Schools (Fedsas) have commented on the proposed calendar for 2023. 

Speaking to News24 in regards to the proposed dates for 2023, Fedsas’ authorized and help providers supervisor Juané van der Merwe stated it was everybody’s hope to see a traditional school calendar year after the disruptions brought on by Covid-19 since March 2020. 

In March 2020, colleges closed abruptly when South Africa began seeing a spike in infections. 

They reopened in June, however needed to shut once more from 27 July till 24 August 2020 because of one other rise in infections. 

The reopening date in January was pushed again by every week because of the second wave. 

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In lower than three days , colleges had been anticipated to reopen after closing a week earlier because of the surge of Covid-19 infections amid the third wave. 

Van der Merwe stated:

I believe with all the pieces that everybody has been by in 2020 and 2021, we hope to see a traditional school [year] in 2023. I believe by then we’d, taking a look at how the vaccinations are going, I do imagine that we’ll, by 2023, begin a traditional life.

She stated Fedsas recommended the division for proactively setting out the 2023 calendar early and asking for feedback on it. 

“In this regard it is heartening to work alongside the Department of Basic Education.” 

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The federation additionally welcomed the staggered reopening of inland and coastal colleges in 2023, which was not the case in 2020. 

Van der Merwe stated the staggered reopening made a distinction and accommodated individuals who had been travelling from holidays. 

The solely concern the organisation had was across the “late” closure of colleges in December 2023.

“As with the 2022 calendar, the date regarding the closure of schools for December 2023 is effectively only applicable to educators. Learners will probably have concluded examinations and will therefore not be attending school at that point anymore.

“During HEDCOM [Heads of Education Department Committee] sub-committee conferences in earlier years we had prolonged discussions on the closure of colleges on the finish of the fourth time period.

“The issue is the ‘late’ closure of the schools in December. The respective provincial education departments seek the submission of learner marks at an early date, often 30 November. Teaching and learning will have ceased by then,” the organisation stated in its written feedback. 

It stated that the cut-off date for December 2023 was due to this fact successfully solely relevant to lecturers, including that pupils would in all probability have concluded examinations and due to this fact wouldn’t be attending class at that time. 

The organisation stated late closures additionally impacted on the marking of the National Senior Certificate examination papers.

Fedsas stated: “We are aware that this is a determination emanating from par. 5.3.5 of the National Policy for Determining School Calendars for Public School in South Africa, however, we wish to outline that the implications of the practice of ceasing teaching and learning after examinations have ceased, or to schedule exams rather early in the second semester results in the loss of, roughly, two weeks of teaching and learning.

“This is most unlucky and Fedsas emphasises the truth that time ought to be allotted and spent optimally, to make sure environment friendly, high quality primary training.

The Congress of South African Students (Cosas) spokesperson Douglas Ngobeni stated the organisation was nonetheless discussing its response to the calendar.  

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