Wednesday, November 30, 2011

HCM City submits work-hour change plan to the government

The city sets three groups of subjects, including students of kindergartens, primary and junior secondary schools; students of high schools and universities; and workers.

Saying that changing work hour is not the effective measure to solve traffic jams, HCM City authorities propose to maintain the work hour of government employees.

Students of primary and junior secondary schools will start studying 15 minutes later than the current time and leave schools also 15 minutes later. Specifically, the morning shift will be from 7.15am to 11.30am and the afternoon shift from 1.15pm to 5.15pm.

According to the local government, up to 90 percent of students of kindergartens and high schools study at schools near their homes so they do not cause gridlocks. Their study hour, therefore, does not need to be amended.

The work time of state employees will not be changed, with the same reason.

In its document sent to the government, HCM City authorities confirm that arranging different work hours for different subjects is not the basic measure to deal with gridlocks. The city asked the government’s permission to maintain its current solutions, which have proved to be effective.

The city considered changing work hours in 2007 and it implemented on a trial basis in some districts.