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MANZINI – Govern-ment has cancelled all school trips that will be taken during school days.

Regional Education Officer Phineas Masinga said this was contained in a circular that was yet to be issued soon. He said teachers should not be surprised by the circular which questions the undertaking of trips during school days.

“No trips will be taken during school days. When undertaking a trip you now have to write to the REO who will in turn inform the Principal Secretary,” Masinga said much to murmurs from the principals.

He said at some point they almost got in trouble when they questioned by traditional authorities from Ludzidzini about why a trip to Durban, South Africa had been allowed when there was Umhlanga ceremony. He advised principals not to deviate from the school calendar but follow it as is.

“Where does those who close a few days before the stipulated date come from?” he wondered. Masinga said such could only happen when there are national celebrations, which are usually communicated by the Ministry of Home Affairs to the Ministry of Education.

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