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Mozambique population census puts academic year on hold

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Mozambique’s Ministry of Education and Human Development (MINEDH) has closed schools from Friday until August 18 to allow teachers and students to participate in the fourth general population census which kicks off on August 1, APA can report Friday.According to state Radio Mozambique, as a result, the 2017 school year will end on December 28th and not in November as usual.

The broadcaster says the third term will run from August 21 to November 24 while enrollment 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 spokesman for the National Statistics Institute (INE) Cirilo Tembe 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”, Tembe is quoted as saying by Radio Mozambique. on Friday.

The census will also register the type of housing used by Mozambicans, at an estimated cost of $75 million, of which $45 million will be spent during the census itself, Tembe said.

Mozambique’s first population census was held in 1980, five years after independence.

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