Schools, hostels close earlier

04 August 2017 | Education

Government schools and hostels will close three days earlier at the end of this term but the move will not affect students or their studies, the education ministry assured parents and interested parties.

The education ministry yesterday confirmed that the last day of school for learners will be on Friday, 18 August and not Wednesday, 23 August, as initially scheduled.

Learners in state hostels will be required to vacate their rooms on Friday.

Teachers and hostel staff are not affected by the earlier closures and will remain on duty until 23 August and the completion of their duties.

“It should be noted that this early closure does not affect teaching and learning because learners will only be released once examinations are completed,” education spokesperson Johanna Absalom said.

She added that the ministry decided to release learners early due to administrative arrangements in accordance with Circular form ED. 7 of 2017.

The ministry also announced that the last day of the third term will be Friday, 1 December 2017. Hostel residents will have to vacate the hostels on the same day.

The initial school closing date was Tuesday, 5 December.

Permanent secretary Sanet Steenkamp yesterday explained that the tweaks to the school calendar were merely a re-enforcement of existing guidelines.

“It has been the standing rule that teachers have to utilise the last three school days to complete their administrative duties. By that time all teaching and learning as per prescribed curriculum is concluded the Friday before, that is, in this particular term, 18 August 2017.”

She said the ministry was “only re-formalising this arrangement to provide adequate time for concluding all school administration and prepare adequately for the start of the new term.”

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