School on the 29 and 30 April 2008
By Ilhaam Hoosain
18 April 2008
The Department of Education has been receiving a number of applications from schools to close on Tuesday 29 and Wednesday 30 April 2008, which is in the middle of three public holidays.
The 28 April is a public holiday because Freedom Day falls on a Sunday and the first of May is Workers Day, while the second of May was made a public holiday to compensate workers for losing a public holiday as a result of Human Rights Day falling on the same day as Good Friday.
The department has turned these applications down and says that these two days will be normal working days for schools in the Western Cape, and for officials of the Western Cape Education Department.
The national Minister of Education approves the school calender more than a year in advance after thorough consultation with all interested parties.
MEC for Education in the Western Cape, Cameron Dugmore says that in light of a lengthy easter recess, we only have a limited number of schooldays available for us, and we have to make the most of them to complete the curriculum. It would not make sense to declare another school holiday at this stage.