Mandela Day NOT a school holiday

2018-07-11 06:02

MANDELA day is not a school holiday — the third term starts on Tuesday, July 17.

“Fake news” was spread on social media that Mandela Day was a school holiday, and that the third term would thus only start on Thursday, July 19. This is not true — pupils and teachers must be in class from Tuesday, July 17.

Government schools went on recess on June 22 and their reopening after the mid-year holiday will not be affected by commemoration events for Nelson Mandela and Albertina Sisulu, the Basic Education Department said in a statement on Monday.

The Department of Basic Education spokesperson said: “A social media message about a delayed start to the term, due to Mandela Day events on July 18, has caused much confusion in the basic education sector, and it is false.

“We expect all our pupils and teachers alike to report for duty as scheduled in order to commence the third term...The Mandela and Sisulu centenary celebrations will proceed without causing disruptions in schools.

“Both Mandela and Sisulu were committed to playing their part to ensure that all young people in South Africa had access to education without disturbances.

“This malicious social media message is therefore contrary to what both our late leaders stood for,” said the spokesperson.

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