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Q & A: Half Saturdays

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Most recent answer: 10/22/2007
Q:
I’ve heard my friends say that Saturday is a half day, is this true? If so why is it a half day? Is it something to do with Science?
- Zandi (age 19)
University of the WEstern Cape, South Africa
A:
Zandi -

Scientifically, Saturdays are just the same as any other day. What you're probably thinking of is work-days or school-days. In some places, employees at businesses and/or students in schools have full days on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday and half days on Saturdays. This means that they have to work or go to school on Saturday too - just for half as much time as they do on other days. For example, until just a few years ago, kids in Japan had school for half of a regular day on Saturdays.

-Tamara

(published on 10/22/2007)

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