The Department of Basic Education (DBE) has shared a tentative school calendar for 2023 and is calling for public comment before the calendar is made official.
The request for public participation was made via Twitter.
"The school calendar is an important planning tool for households, the Department and the country as a whole. The school calendar affects many sectors such as transport, education, tourism, religious, cultural, sports activities and social programmes among others," Basic Education spokesperson Elijah Mhlanga told Parent24.
Also see: The new 2021 school holiday calendar
Explaining further, Mhlanga said, "When considering the school calendar sometimes the Department proposes a single calendar and other times a staggered calendar which means one for coastal provinces and another for inland provinces".
For the 2023 school calendar, the DBE is using a staggered calendar.
See below for the calendar applicable to coastal provinces: Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, Northern Cape, and Western Cape
See below for the calendar applicable to inland provinces: Free State, Gauteng, Limpopo, Mpumalanga and North West
According to the details provided, "All interested parties and organisations are invited to comment on the Proposed School Calendar, in writing, and direct the comments to the Director-General: Department of Basic Education for the attention of Mr. S. Mlambo: Mlambo.S@dbe.gov.za cc Manaka.L@dbe.gov.za".
The deadline for comments is 21 August 2021.
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