New rules could mean four day week for Gambian schools

  • 1 February 2013
The Gambia's President Yahya Jammeh (24 November 2011)
The Gambia's President Yahya Jammeh

People who live in The Gambia could get longer weekends because the country's leader wants people to have Fridays off.

President Yahya Jammeh has said the shorter week will give The Gambia's mainly Muslim population more time to pray, socialise and tend to fields.

People who work for the government in the African country will now work longer hours Monday to Thursday.

Schools may also close on Fridays, but can make up the time on Saturdays.