Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Public school calendar for 2006 released

October 11, 2005

By Uri Ridelman

Classes for Costa Rican public schools will start on February 7 and end on december 20, according to the official calendar for the 2006 school year released yesterday by The Board of Public Education.

There will be no classes from July 3 to July 14 due to the mid-term vacations, nor from the 10 to the 14 of April due to Easter.

The national exams, administered to students of 6th, 9th and 11th grade, were scheduled as follows:

October 3-11: 9th grade.
November 1-9: 11th grade.
November 28 - December 1: Sixth grade

The date for the test of ortography and writing was set for August 8th, while graduation will be December 21.

Manuel A. Bolaños, head of The Board of Public Education, announced that for the first time ever the calendar will be printed in "La Gaceta", the goverment's official newspaper.

The 2006 school calendar, released four months ahead of schedule, will have a total of 205 days (43 weeks)of classes.

Bolaños said that the calendar was released ahead of schedule, taking into account a request from the academic unions; which asked for an open dialogue regarding matters such as total days of classes, teachers' preparation, among others. The dialogue between the unions and the Board of Public Education should begin in the next few days.

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