South Africa’s 2023 School Calendar Released – Matric Exams Scheduled from October 17 to November 17 (Updated)

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WIlliam Dube
  1. The Department of Basic Education (DBE) in South Africa has released the school calendar for 2023, detailing term dates, public holidays, and school vacations.
  2. The matric exams are scheduled to take place from October 17 to November 17, 2023, with a single shift starting at 8:00 a.m. each day.
  3. The DBE advises parents and learners to regularly check its website for updates, as the school calendar is subject to change.

The Department of Basic Education (DBE) in South Africa has announced the school calendar for 2023, providing details on term dates, public holidays, and school vacations. Furthermore, the department has scheduled the matric exams to take place from October 17 to November 17, 2023.

According to the DBE, the first term of the 2023 school year will commence on January 11 and conclude on March 24. The second term will begin on April 12 and end on June 23, while the third term will start on July 18 and wrap up on September 29.

The matric exams, which are set to be written from October 17 to November 17, will occur in a single shift beginning at 8:00 a.m. each day. The DBE has made the entire school calendar available on its official website.

Here is a more detailed breakdown of the school calendar for 2023:

Term 1:

  • Start date: January 11, 2023
  • End date: March 24, 2023
  • Public holidays: January 1 (New Year’s Day), March 21 (Human Rights Day)
  • Vacations: April 1-11, June 24-July 17

Term 2:

  • Start date: April 12, 2023
  • End date: June 23, 2023
  • Public holidays: May 1 (Workers’ Day), June 16 (Youth Day)
  • Vacations: July 1-17

Term 3:

  • Start date: July 18, 2023
  • End date: September 29, 2023
  • Public holidays: August 9 (National Women’s Day), September 24 (Heritage Day)
  • Vacations: October 18-November 16

Matric Exams:

  • Written from October 17 to November 17, 2023

The DBE has emphasized that the school calendar is subject to change. Parents and learners are advised to regularly check the department’s website for any updates or modifications to the schedule.

WIlliam Dube

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