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Saturday, January 26, 2013

The Week Slice: Will the Teachers Get Their Piece

By Abdoulie Nget

It was recently published that the week working days which starts from Monday to Friday is to be trimmed to four come February first, meaning Friday will be included in the weekend.
The trimming down of the week to four days is marking a big question as of whether the teachers too are to benefit from the less work package, as civil servants too.

If all the civil servants are to benefit from the week cut the education sector will face another obstacle, as it will be impossible to add the working or learning hours in the education system of the Gambia.

Below is the full text of the release

The Office of the President hereby announces to the general public that His Excellency, the president of the Republic, Sheikh Professor Alhaji Dr Yahya AJJ Jammeh in consultation with Cabinet and giving due consideration to public demand, has issued an executive decision to change the official government working hours and days with effect from 1st February , 2013.
The new work days and times will be Mondays to Thursdays from 08:00am to 06:00pm. Fridays will henceforth become rest and prayer days alongside Saturdays and Sundays. Schools and banks and all affected institutions are free to work on Saturdays to compensate for the Fridays which, will now become non-working days.
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.

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