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The Mozambican Ministry of Education and Human Development (MINEDH) is to close schools between July 14 and August 18 to allow teachers and students to participate in the fourth General Population Census.
As a result, the 2017 school year will end on December 28th and not in November as usual, according to yesterday’s edition of Notícias, Mozambique’s main daily newspaper.
Because of the census, which will be conducted between August 1 and 15, classes started on January 20 this year, and not in February.
The third term will run from August 21 to November 24. Enrolment for new Grade 1 entrants will be held from November 20 to 24 and for Grade 7 from November 27 to 29. Grades 10 and 12 exams will take place from 4 to 6 December.
The National Statistics Institute expects the fourth General Census of Population and Housing to register 27 million inhabitants.
“ The 2007 census found that we were 20.8 million inhabitants. By 2017, according to our projections, the country’s population is estimated at about 27.1 million,” a 30 percent growth Cirilo Tembe said in an interview with Lusa in June.
The census will also register the type of housing used by Mozambicans, at an estimated cost of US$75 million, of which US$45 million will be spent during the census itself, Tembe said.
Mozambique’s first population census was held in 1980, five years after independence, then at ten-year intervals in 1987, 1997 and 2007, following international practice.Source: Lusa
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