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Back to School: Different return dates for provinces announced

Not all South African schools will be reopening on the same day this January – find out when the first day is in your province

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As South African schools prepare for the rollout of the 2022 academic year, the Department of Basic Education has reminded parents, guardians and pupils that not everyone returns to the classroom on the same day.

Learners recently wrapped up their second year under a pandemic, which again limited classroom time.

Back to school: Different days for provinces

The Department of Basic Education’s spokesperson Elijah Mhlanga took it upon himself on Twitter, to show all the dates certain provinces are expected to go back to school. Pupils in inland provinces – Gauteng, Free State, Mpumalanga, Limpopo and North West will be the first to get to work, as they return to school on Wednesday, 12 January 2022.

While learners in coastal provinces – the Eastern Cape, Western Cape, KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), and Northern Cape will return exactly a week later on 19 January. The difference in dates is aimed at accommodating people who may have travelled during the holidays.

The South African Human Rights Commission’s (SAHRC) Advocate Andre Guam had said in November 2021, that the full school calender should return as normal in the New Year.

“Primary schools should go back to normal and stop the rotation. Teachers, mainly most have been vaccinated and there is a lower risk of infection in that age group. Even high schools should be looked at as children at age 12 can be vaccinated now,” he said.

In addition, parents have been urged to encourage their children to get their vaccines.