Have your say on long 2010 holiday

2008-04-04 00:00

YOUR views as a member of the public can contribute to the decision on whether schoolchildren get a five-week holiday for the duration of the 2010 World Cup.

The mid-year break is usually three or four weeks, but the Education Department has proposed a 33-day holiday from June 10 to July 12.

Sihle Mlambo, chief director of national and provincial co-ordination, said policy stipulates 195 to 200 actual school days per year, and does not state how holidays must be allocated.

Mlambo dismissed fears expressed by the DA that the longer July holiday will result in fewer school days, saying the 2010 school year will have 198 days.

He said one of the reasons behind the proposal is to alleviate the pressure on public transport — used by many of the country’s 12 million pupils and 370 000 teachers — during the World Cup tournament.

He said the department legally has to finalise any year’s school calendar 12 to 18 months in advance, and so must finalise the 2010 calendar by this June.

Mlambo said the proposed calendar is currently gazetted and posted on the national department’s website, www.edu.gov.za, and all who wish to comment (before the end of April) in writing can fax 012 328 3532 or e-mail: MlamboS@doe.gov.za.

sphumem@witness.co.za

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