Parents decry short school holidays, plead for extension claiming logistics nightmares, paucity of funds


Government has been called upon to review the one week school holiday for pupils as it was considered too short and inconveniencing to families.

Some parents with pupils in board schools also proposed that authorities should make an exceptional decision and allow pupils to remain in school during the one week holiday.

Speaking on conditions of unannonmity on Tuesday, they contended that it did not make sense for children to spend two days travelling and three days at home before starting to pack to go back to school.

In a heated whatsapp group chat, the parents stated that there were scenarios where pupils came from far places and that it took two days to connect to the final destination.

“Parents are appealing to policy makers to consider all such situations and allow schools to make an exception, just for one week,” they said.

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The Parents expressed believe that a lot of costs can be avoided if the policy makers can review the one week holiday which was too short and inconveniencing to some pupils and families.

“Please help policy makers maker right decisions. Why should boarding schools close for one week,” they appealed.

They said in the absence of guidance from the authorities, they expected school authorities to make exceptional decisions and allow some pupils to remain in school.

“For a Mporokoso pupil at Hillcrest, how much is transport from Livingstone to Mporokoso by two, then we add Term two school fees that should be paid before the one week elapses, plus groceries needed for the term,” they lamented.

The Parents said the stress on pupils and financial pressure on them all in one week was unbearable, especially that there was paucity of funds in the economy was.

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