Saturday, April 18, 2009

Schools Add More Vacation During World Cup

Winter holidays for the South African school system will be adjusted to include an extra 7 days during the 2010 World Cup. Traffic congestion and school absenteeism aer cited as the major reasons for the rule adjustment.

The winter holidays, which normally last 15 days, will now be adjusted to 22 days to accommodate the World Cup in order to avoid pupil and teacher absenteeism, as well a busy transport system during the busy period.

The 2010 Local Organising Committee, along with the Transport Department, had asked for schools to be closed, citing traffic congestion as one of the reasons.

The Education Department has ensured that there will still be 195 school days in a year, as per the prescribed policy.

Long school holiday during World Cup
Independent Online
April 18, 2009