September 27, 2012 12:00:00 AM
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Fiji's Ministry of Education has made it clear that all schools will be required to start at the normal time during the new daylight saving period which starts on 21 October.

This comes after Education Minister Filipe Bole held consultations with stakeholders. He will instruct heads of schools around the country to ensure this is so.

"If, for example, your school started at 8.30 before daylight saving, it will continue to start at 8.30,” Bole said.

The daylight savings will end on 20 January, 2013.

In an earlier statement, Education Ministry’s permanent secretary Doctor Brij Lal said on 21 October, the clock will be moved an hour ahead of the current time.

He also advised parents that they need to “prepare their children mentally so that they adjust well with these changes”.

Students sitting for their sixth and seventh form external exams will not be affected by the daylight savings as “all schools are expected to start and complete the examinations at the specified time stated in the Examination Timetable sent out to schools.”


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