2021 School Terms Calendar

The current and proposed 2021 School Terms Calendar for South Africa. The Department of Basic Education published the school calendar for 2021 on 2 October 2020. The 2021 School Terms Calendar will start on 25 January 2021 for teachers with learners following a few days later. According to the minister, this late start is intended to allow as much time as possible to cover critical curriculum content and ensure that all examination processes were appropriately managed.

The 2021 school terms are now gazetted as follows:

  • Term 1: 
    27 January – 31 March (10 Weeks)
    1 Public Holiday
    45 Actual school days
  • Term 2: 
    13 April – 25 June (11 Weeks)
    3 Public Holidays
    51 Actual school days
  • Term 3: 
    13 July – 23 September (11 Weeks)
    1 public holiday
    52 Actual school days
  • Term 4: 
    5 October – 10 December (10 weeks)
    No public holidays
    47 Actual school days

Public and School Holidays 2021

1 January: New Year’s Day
21 March: Human Rights Day
22 March: Public Holiday
02 April: Good Friday
05 April: Family Day
27 April: Freedom Day
26 April: School Holiday
1 May: Workers’ Day
16 June: Youth Day
9 August: National Women’s Day
24 September: Heritage Day
16 December: Day of Reconciliation
25 December: Christmas Day
26 December: Day of Goodwill
27 December: Public holiday