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Excitement as Rwanda adjusts school, official working hours

The University of Rwanda employees and students arriving that Campus premises. The government has taken a bold decision to adjust the time staff report to work from 07a.m to 09a.m (PHOTO/NEW TIMES)

The University of Rwanda employees and students arriving that Campus premises. The government has taken a bold decision to adjust the time staff report to work from 07a.m to 09a.m (PHOTO/NEW TIMES)

KAMPALA —The Rwandan cabinet has made changes to the official schooling and working hours and introduced a ‘flexible’ hour in the workplaces.

According to resolutions of Friday’s cabinet meeting released by the Prime Minister’s office, classes will be opening at 8:30a.m (they currently open at 7a.m), while official working hours will begin at 8a.m with employees having the option of working remotely in the first hour.

The changes, which will take effect in the New Year, 2023, are designed to “promote quality education as well as improve both workplace productivity and family wellbeing.”

Both school and official working hours will stretch through 5p.m.

This means employees will now be working eight hours a day, down from nine currently – and a combined 40 hours a week (instead of 45).

“Official working hours will be eight hours from 9:00am to 5:00pm (excluding a one-hour lunch break), and including a flexible hour between 8:00am at 9:00am, where an employee may work remotely,” the communique reads in part.

The changes mean a process will soon get under way to review the 2018 Law Regulating Labour in Rwanda, with the statement adding that further details will be released soon.

The changes are expected to significantly help improve parenting and protect young children from physical exhaustion due to waking up so early.

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