Pupils to enjoy 5-week break in 2010

2009-07-28 00:00

NEXT year’s five-week long mid-year break to accommodate the Soccer World Cup, is no longer speculation. The 2010 school calendar has been confirmed.

The winter holidays will run from June 10 to July 12, bringing the holidays to a total of 22 school days, compared to this year’s 15 days.

This will leave the second term with only nine weeks and a total of 41 actual school days, as there are two public holidays in April.

This year’s actual school days for the coastal provinces will be 199 days, compared to between 195 and 197 days next year.

According to national spokesman for Education, Granville Whittle,, the department received 29 comments while in the process of gazetting the calendar. He said most of the comments were from parents, some of whom raised concerns over the length of the holidays. There were no objections from organised groups.

Whittle said that 2010 will be a normal school year. He added that the policy that regulates the number of days needed in a year, requires a minimum of 195 and a maximum of 200 school days in a year.

“What we have done is only extend the June/July holidays by five school days. We will have a total of 195 school days next year and I think the reasons are obvious. It is the first African Soccer World Cup and we know families will want to enjoy it together. It will assist in managing the traffic flow with learners on holiday and it will also lessen the security risk of them being in the streets.”

Schools contacted by The Witness didn’t feel the shorter second term will have a great impact on teachingas they have had adequate notice to prepare for it.

They felt even trial exams that usually begin in the middle of the third term will be fine.

Sayed Rajack, who is chairman of the KwaZulu-Natal Parents’ Association, said the national Education Department has taken a positive step in restructuring the days so that school is not disrupted and pupils’ right of fair education is met.

“The challenge of course is the fact that parents’ work days have not been curtailed, which means employers would need to be more lenient in order for parents, their employees, to cope with a house full of children,” said Rajack.

1st Term

January 13 (11) to March 26

2nd Term

April 12 to June 9

3rd Term

July 13 to September 23

4th Term

October 4 to December 10

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