By Confidente Reporter
THE Teachers Union of Namibia (TUN) says the directive by Education Minister Katrina Hanse-Himarwa that schools should not start earlier than 7.30am is ludicrous.
Minister Hanse-Himarwa announced last week that the ministry was changing the winter school time to the old winter time to accommodate children who have to walk in the dark to attend school. Children will now be required to begin their daily school days at 08h00, which TUN says will create inconveniences.
“By the logic of the minister, it means that parents have to drop their children a whole hour or more ahead of 08h00, which means that children will languish on the school premises in the cold inhospitable environment before they enter classrooms an hour or more later,” TUN stated. The union added that with a lot of free time on the school ground while unattended by their teachers’ supervisor, children may get up to mischiefs. TUN proposed that the ministry introduces the four term system, which would avert winter time with its darkness hazards and concomitant cold. The first term of the proposed four term system should, according to TUN, end around 21 March in line with Easter weekend, while the second term holiday could start at the end of the second week of June, and school could open end of July.
This means that part of June and July will be vacation for learners and also allow teachers that are studying to go for exams without being absent from work, as tertiary exams are written around this time.
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