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Momodou



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Posted - 30 Jan 2013 :  13:03:55  Show Profile Send Momodou a Private Message
I pity the teachers and students who will have their weekends spoilt. I wonder what the teachers union will say or do.

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‘All schools to operate Saturdays, not Fridays’

The Point: Published on Wednesday, January 30, 2013


The Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education has announced that effective 1st February 2013, all schools (public and private) will now operate on Saturdays and not on Fridays.

This, according to a press release from the Ministry, followed a press release from the Office of the President on the new official working days and hours, which is expected to come into effect on Friday 1st February 2013.

The Ministry stated that schools will henceforth be required to maintain the current time schedule from Monday to Thursday for both single and double-shift schools.

“Friday will cease to be a school day and hence, schools, MUST NOT engage students to congregate within their premises for instructions on this day,” the release said.

Schools, the release went on, will now operate on Saturdays to replace the hours lost on Fridays.

“Furthermore, in order to regulate and equalize the hours between the morning and afternoon shifts in schools operating double shifts, the number of hours attained on Saturday should be equally divided between the two shifts,” it added.

This, according to the Ministry, is in order to ensure that the prescribed target for instructional time is attained without discriminating against any school.

“The Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education counts on the usual cooperation and understanding of all proprietors/proprietresses, head-teachers, teachers, parents and students in the smooth implementation of this new schedule, as a matter of utmost urgency and need,” the release further stated.

The Office of the President last week announced changes to the official government working hours and days, effective 1st February 2013.

A press release from the presidency said President Yahya Jammeh in consultation with Cabinet and giving due consideration to public demands has issued the executive decision to make the changes.

According to the release, the new working days and times will be Mondays to Thursdays from 8am to 6pm.

The release also announced that Fridays will henceforth become rest and prayer days alongside Saturdays and Sundays.

Schools, banks and all affected institutions, the release stated, are free to work on Saturdays to compensate for the Fridays.

“This new arrangement will allow Gambians to devote more time to prayers, social activities and agriculture - going back to the land and grow what we eat and eat what we grow for a healthy and wealthy nation,” the release added.

Source: The Point

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toubab1020



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Posted - 30 Jan 2013 :  18:02:04  Show Profile Send toubab1020 a Private Message
Simply to clarify the the directive, obviously still shouldn't affect those working in government jobs ,(there are no children working for the government), who will still be able to devote their spare time to gardening.

"Simple is good" & I strongly dislike politics. You cannot defend the indefensible.

Edited by - toubab1020 on 30 Jan 2013 18:05:47
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Momodou



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Posted - 04 Feb 2013 :  12:23:13  Show Profile Send Momodou a Private Message
Schools exempt from new Govt. working arrangement

The Point: Published on Monday, February 04, 2013


Less than 24 hours after the commencement of the new official government working days and hours, the Gambia government has reversed its decision, allowing schools to operate on Fridays instead of the earlier announced Saturdays.
A press release from the Office of the President announced late Friday that “the Office of the President hereby informs the general public, especially parents, teachers and students that schools are exempt from this arrangement.”
“Schools will continue to operate from Mondays to Fridays as usual; they will not be affected by the new four-day working week,” the release stated.
Last Tuesday, the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education announced that effective 1st February 2013, all schools (public and private) will now operate on Saturdays and not on Fridays.
This, according to a press release from the Ministry, followed a press release from the Office of the President on the new official working days and hours, which was expect to come into effect on Friday 1st February 2013.
The Ministry stated that schools will henceforth be required to maintain the current time schedule from Monday to Thursday for both single and double-shift schools.
“Friday will cease to be a school day and hence, schools, MUST NOT engage students to congregate within their premises for instructions on this day,” the release said.
Also last Wednesday, the Presidency announced that the private sector and the business community are exempt from this new working arrangement.
A press release from the presidency said the private sector and business community are, therefore, allowed to open for business on Fridays.
According to the release, this new dispensation includes banks, hospitals and health care providers, Gambia Ports Authority, Gambia Revenue Authority, and the security services, among others.

Source: The Point


Schools exempted from the four-day working week

Daily Observer: Published on Monday, February 04, 2013

The Office of the President has announced that schools are exempted from the implementation of the four-day working week earlier announced. A media release from State House on Friday revealed that schools will continue to operate from Mondays to Fridays as usual.

The release reads: Following an earlier press release on the implementation of a four-day working week, the Office of the President hereby informs the general public especially parents, teachers and students that schools are exempted from this arrangement. Schools will continue to operate from Mondays to Fridays as usual. They will not be affected by this new four-day working arrangement.

Source: Daily Observer

Related Topic: Gambia's public sector to have four-day working week

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toubab1020



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Posted - 04 Feb 2013 :  13:03:21  Show Profile Send toubab1020 a Private Message
That's good,a further clarification of the directive, that means that there will be more people who are able to take part in gardening in their free time.


"Simple is good" & I strongly dislike politics. You cannot defend the indefensible.

Edited by - toubab1020 on 04 Feb 2013 13:03:57
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