The Ministry of Education has cleared up confusion, announcing students will follow the traditional time-table until the new one takes effect.
Rabat – When students return from the fall break on Wednesday, November 7, they will follow the traditional time-table for school for half a week, the ministry said in a statement.
Public schools usually open at 8 a.m. and close at 6 p.m. with a 2 hour-lunch break from 12 noon to 2 p.m.
Beginning Monday, November 12, students will follow the new-time table that the government set on November 1.
The new time-table was the second to be announced in the space of seven days. When the ministry announced the newest time-table would take effect November 12, the public wondered what time-table to follow this week.
The new-time table
The new-time table stipulates that primary schools will start at 9 a.m. and end at 5 p.m. with a two-hour lunch break between 1 and 3 p.m. from Monday to Friday. The time-table concerns schools with one teacher per classroom.
For schools with two teachers per classroom, one group of students will start at 9 a.m. and end at 3:30 p.m. with a two-hour lunch break between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
The other group will start at 11:30 a.m. and end at 5:30 p.m. with a two-hour lunch break between 1:30 and 3.30 p.m.
The two groups will go to school on Saturday as well.
For schools in rural areas, students will start at 9 a.m. and end at 3 p.m. with a 30-minute lunch break from Monday to Friday.
For rural schools having two teachers per classroom, one group of students will start at 9 a.m. and end at 1:30 p.m. while the other group will start at 1:30 p.m. and end at 6 p.m. The two groups will go to school on Saturday, too.
Middle and high school will start at 9 a.m. and end at 6 p.m. with two options for their two-hour lunch: between 12 noon and 2 p.m or between 1 and 3 p.m.
Schools will go back to the traditional time-table in the spring.