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education blackboard thumb medium80 92Daily News reports that teachers are fuming that their December holiday will be cut by half, from six to three weeks, but they will have to accept the Basic Education Department’s (DBE’s) decision.  

The decision was made final on Thursday.  Schools will close on Wednesday, 12 December for pupils, and on Friday, 14 December for teachers.  Schools will re-open on Monday, 7 January for teachers and on Wednesday, 9 January for pupils.  This means pupils will have 16 working days off, excluding public holidays, and teachers just 12 days off before returning to school in January.  Teachers’ unions said despite voicing their frustrations and making it clear that they were not prepared to sacrifice their longest holiday of the year when they were asked to comment on the draft calendar, their unhappiness has fallen on deaf ears.  DBE spokesperson Elijah Mhlanga said the department had the prerogative to proceed.  “This is an administrative matter.  We are not changing the policy.  People have a right to be upset, but we also have a job to do in the interests of the country,” he stated.  Mhlanga added that the shorter December holiday would be a once-off occasion related to matric marking and that the usual December holidays would apply next year.

  • Read this report by Sne Masuku in full at Daily News


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