1. The Western Cape Education Department is committed to ensuring the maximum use of teaching and learning time. It is, therefore, the responsibility of each school to protect teaching time and support learning for the full 201 school days each year, in accordance with the National Learner Attendance Policy.

2. All school and district office staff are requested to note the following:
2.1 It is the responsibility of each school to plan its school programme for the period during and after the examinations up until the last day of the school term and to inform all learners, parents and district offices accordingly.
2.2 Schools which offer Grades 10, 11 and 12 (where applicable) are reminded that no examinations may start before 1 June 2015 and 12 November 2015. However, schools may apply to the district director for permission to start practical examinations earlier in certain subjects.
2.3 Schools that offer Grades 7 to 9 may not start their examinations before 10 June 2015 and 12 November 2015.
2.4 Schools that offer Grades 4 to 6 may not start their examinations before 17 June 2015 and 19 November 2015.
2.5 All learners are expected to be at school for a minimum of 5 hours per day during the examination period. Therefore, if a school starts at 08:00, the school cannot dismiss learners earlier than 13:00. In arranging this earlier closing time, the safety and transport of learners must be considered. It is, therefore, important that parents are informed beforehand so that they are able to make alternative arrangements.
2.6 All learners are required to attend school throughout the examination period, with the exception of Grade 12 learners who will be entitled to 5 days off for study purposes before the start of the final National Senior Certificate examinations.
2.7 Schools may not inform learners that it is each learnerís own decision whether or not to come to school once the examinations have ended for the term or when they are not writing examinations or tests.
2.8 All teachers are expected to be at school for the full school day (35 hours per week) during the examination period, irrespective of whether they have invigilation duties or not.
2.9 On the last day of the school term learners must be at school for at least three hours and teachers are expected to be at school for a minimum of 5 hours.

3. Principals are reminded that they must submit their examination timetables to the IMG Manager at least four weeks before the start of the examinations. District officials will monitor the implementation of these directives.

4. Principals and governing bodies are requested to pay special attention to the drawing up of their programmes during examination periods, so that valuable time for teaching and learning is not lost.


SIGNED: J H LYNERS
DEPUTY DIRECTOR-GENERAL: INSTITUTION DEVELOPMENT & CO-ORDINATION
DATE: 2015:04:13