Public Schools Closed on Election Day

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Monday 19th March, 2018 – All public schools throughout the country will be closed on Wednesday, Election Day.

In a minute to principals of government primary and secondary schools, Director of Education, Clare Browne wrote:

“The Ministry of Education has taken the decision to close all Public Schools on Wednesday 21st March, 2018 –Election Day, since many of the public school plants will be used as polling stations.”

At least two private schools will be closed to students on Wednesday, Christ the King High School and St. John’s Catholic Primary.

The Board of Directors of Christ the King in a memo informed parents, guardians and students that there will be no classes on Wednesday 21st March, 2018.

The school said that it made the decision after consultation with the Board, and the memo was issued early to give parents sufficient time to plan for the care of their children on that day.

St. John’s Catholic Primary is often used during General Election as a polling station and for St. John’s Rural East constituency.

Schools will resume operations on Friday, since Thursday will be a public holiday.

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According to the Labour Department, Thursday’s Public Holiday is in accordance with the Public Holidays Acts of 2014.

The acting Labour Commissioner is reminding employers that employees who work on a public holiday “are entitled to be paid an hourly rate not less than 150% of their basic rate pay per hour worked in addition to the normal day’s pay for that day.”