The Council of Education Ministers (CEM) recommended making up for lost school days at the district and school level for the reasonableness of the IOL. The union sent Motshekga a joint letter earlier this month expressing disappointment that his ministry was not consulted on the decision to abolish the October schools. The decision of the Council and the Chairman of the Education Committee (GEDCOM) put them in a possible conflict. At the time, the ministry said that the truth was that the final decision was yet to be taken. Council consists of the Minister, the MECs of nine provincial education departments, GEDCOM, consisting of the Director-General of Departments, Mathanzima Mweli, and the nine heads of departments in each province.
On Sunday, the Minister for Primary Education (DBE), Angie Motshekga, held a briefing to find out if the school holidays would be canceled. Since October, there has been speculation that the holidays will be canceled to make up for lost time, but the ministry has many objections.
The school holidays of October will go as planned, education minister Angie Motshekga confirmed yesterday. The holidays would not be canceled, she said after a meeting of the Council of Education Ministers (CEM). At a press briefing, she said the revised 2021 school calendar would leave everything as it was in its last amendment.
On Tuesday 29 August, Minister for Primary Education Angie Motshekga confirmed at a press conference that they would maintain October school holidays after consulting nine Education Ministers but would not use them due to the time lost during the Pandemic. She said the cancellation of classes was due to several factors, including the late start of the 2021 school year, absenteeism of pupils in schools due to the coronavirus pandemic, and the extension of the holidays in June.
Director of Research at the Department of Basic Education, Dr. Stephen Taylor, said the department's observations showed that much of the crucial learning time last year was lost due to COVID-19-related disorders. The ministry encouraged all stakeholders in the education sector to support their efforts to ensure that learning is not disrupted by the delay in the school year.
Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga is said to have recovered and decided that the remaining days should not be scrapped as holidays, TimesLive reports. She said there was nothing to do with the remaining days and nothing to do with the cancellation of holidays.
The July holidays have been extended by one week due to an increase in COVID-19 infections. The third and fourth terms, separated by a long weekend, were declared the school holidays on 23 September 2021.
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