3RD 2010.No: 222/CAB)
CHANGE IN DAYLIGHT SAVINGS DATES
Cabinet has agreed that
daylight saving in Fiji end Sunday 28th March 2010 at 3.00
Cabinet based its decision on a submission by the Minister
Education, National Heritage, Culture and Arts, Youth and Sports,
Industrial Relations and Employment, Mr Filipe Bole.
saving was reintroduced in Fiji last year commencing from Sunday 29th November
2009 at 2.00 am. Daylight savings will again commence from 24th October 2010
till March 2011.
This is amusing. Daylight savings was originally to extend from 29th of November to April 25. Despite many complaints after January that it was going on too long, for the last month Government would not back down and shorten the daylight savings period. The complaints were not about having an extra daylight hour at the end of the day, but that by February people must arise from their beds and get themselves off to work or school in the dark. The Government compromised (?) by changing school hours, to start half an hour later! They did not, however, lengthen the school day at the other end. So kids are still heading home at 2.30 – 2.45, and wandering the streets until late. But then the problem became worse. Now people were arriving late at work, because they were staying to take their children to school, at the later time. Productivity, such as it is, plummeted. Suddenly One Man, Mr Bole, with the impressive portfolio ofMinister for Education, National Heritage, Culture and Arts,
Youth and Sports, Labour, Industrial Relations and Employment, made a successful submission to Cabinet. Brilliant. Daylight savings will end early after all. Good.
I hate daylight savings after January too.