VAAL TRIANGLE - The Department of Basic Education (DBE) is reportedly planning to cancel the October holiday period for schools to help make up for lost teaching time. The department’s spokesperson, Elijah Mhlanga, told Business Tech the department is holding talks with partners about the planned change today. He says that an announcement on any planned changes would be made shortly. Teachers’ union, Suid-Afrikaanse Onderwysers Unie (SAOU) meanwhile says it was among the unions invited to a meeting with representatives from the Department of Basic Education (DBE) on Saturday. The union said the DBE admitted that the committee of education ministers decided that the five days from 4 to 8 October 2021 must be utilised to compensate for the lost school time. It was also decided that the third and fourth term will be separated by a long weekend which is the Heritage Day long weekend from September 23 to 26, as a school holiday. They will return to school on Monday 27 September. The SAOU said unions were opposed to this decision.