School children boarding a ZUPCO bus

This is the 2021 school calendar for Zimbabwe. A total of 164 teaching days were allocated across the three terms to allow pupils to catch up on the work that they missed as a result of the Covid-19 lockdowns. The 2021 school calendar has 56 learning days for the first term, 53 for the second term and 55 for the third term, with public holidays being observed and no learning taking place on these days. All holiday breaks in 2021 will have 23 days, far shorter than normal.

First Term

  • Opening: Monday, March 15 for the three examination classes (Form Six, Form Four and Grade Seven). The rest of the classes opened a week later on Monday, March 22, 2021.

  • Closing: Friday, June 4, 2021.

Second Term

On 22 June 2021, Government deferred the reopening of schools by two weeks following a spike in Covid-19 cases. Monica Mutsvangwa said Government would review the decision at the end of two weeks period.[1] Schools were initially supposed to open on Monday June 28, 2021 and close on Friday, September 10, 2021.

Schools reopened on 30 August 2021 for examination classes, and on 6 September 2021 for non-examination classes.

Third Term

  • Opening: Monday October 4, 2021

  • Closing: Friday December 17, 2021[2]


  1. Schools opening delayed by two weeks, The Chronicle, Published: June 22, 2021, Retrieved: June 22, 2021
  2. Mukudzei Chingwere, UPDATED: New school calendar out, The Herald, Published: March 5, 2021, Retrieved: April 14, 2021