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Heading: Return to School after Holidays in South Africa

Pupils in South Africa are gearing up to conclude their December/January school holidays, anticipating the commencement of the new academic year.

Heading: 2024 School Year Kick-off

Scheduled to kick off on Wednesday, 17 January, the 2024 school year is quickly approaching, leaving a mere two weeks before students across the nation return to their classrooms.

Heading: Unified Term Calendar for Public Schools

In a departure from previous practices, all public schools, irrespective of their geographical location, will adhere to the same term calendar in 2024. Unlike earlier distinctions between inland and coastal schools, there is no longer a discrepancy in their academic schedules.

Heading: Inland vs. Coastal Provinces

It’s essential to recognize the distinction between inland and coastal provinces, with the former encompassing Free State, Gauteng, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, and North West, while the latter comprises the Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, Northern Cape, and Western Cape.

Heading: Extended School Days in 2024

The Department of Basic Education’s 2024 school calendar reveals an extension in the academic year, comprising 203 school days spread across four terms. This marks an increase of four days compared to the previous year, 2023.

Heading: Breakdown of 2024 School Terms

Outlined below are the dates for each term in the upcoming 2024 school year:

  • Term 1: 17 January to 20 March (46 days)
  • Term 2: 3 April to 14 June (52 days)
  • Term 3: 9 July to 20 September (53 days)
  • Term 4: 1 October to 11 December (52 days)

These dates provide a comprehensive overview of the structure of the 2024 academic calendar for public schools in South Africa.

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