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education blackboard thumb medium80 92Netwerk24 reports that on Saturday a number of teachers expressed their dissatisfaction on social media about the fact that their coming December break has been shortened.  

According to a circular from the Department of Basic Education (DBE), this year the December break for teachers will only be 12 working days (not inclusive of public holidays).  Schools will close on 12 December for pupils and on 14 December for teachers.  Teachers must return on Monday, 7 January 2019 and pupils on Wednesday, 9 January 2019.  This will mean in effect that pupils will have 16 days of summer break (not including public holidays) and teachers only 12.  The reason is apparently that the Council for Education Ministers took a decision to close schools from 2019 onwards in the first week in December.  When this decision was taken, the 2018 school calendar had already been published.  A number of adverse comments from teachers were posted on social media, with one person calling the shortened period a “joke”. (Loosely translated from Afrikaans)

  • Read this report by Elise Tempelhoff in full in Afrikaans at Netwerk24

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