2010 holidays ‘bad for kids’

2009-08-29 00:00

CAPE TOWN — The government’s decision to close schools during next year’s Soccer World Cup tournament, which will take place in the middle of the school year, will have a detrimental effect on needy children in parti­cular, says Childline.

This organisation for abused children yesterday argued before the portfolio committee on women, youth, children and people with disabilities, that the cabinet has not consulted the children’s sector about the decision.

Childline’s national co-ordinator, Joan van Niekerk, said few parents and people caring for children are in a position to take leave in the middle of the school year.

Besides the fact that many children are likely to have to manage without care, needy children will also be deprived of access to school feeding schemes.

“This situation creates the circumstances in which children are susceptible to all kinds of abuse and exploitation — including human trafficking.”

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