The Department of Basic Education has warned people against attempting to disrupt learning to sabotage the academic year. This as Grade 7 learners return to public schools on Monday morning.
Education Expert Professor Mary Metcalfe says educators will have to assist learners to cope with catching up on the backlog of the 2020 academic year, following delays to the calendar due to the COVID-19 lockdown.
Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has warned that the effects of the coronavirus pandemic will be with schools for at least three years.
Grade 12 learners at public schools around the country will return to class on Monday.
The Department of Basic Education on Saturday released a revised school calendar, which shows that learners have 156 days for the year. According to the calendar, schools will resume on 24 August. There will be a one-week break from 26-30 October that will mark the end of the third term. The fourth term begins on 2 November, with Grades 1-11 closing on 15 December for the rest of the year.