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Certificates and start of vacation for 2.5 million schoolchildren in NRW

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In North Rhine-Westphalia, the holidays for 2.5 million schoolchildren began with the distribution of certificates on Friday. For the 5,400 schools in the most populous federal state, classes in the new school year 2022/23 will start again on August 10th. Around 82,500 young people and young adults had passed their Abitur examinations this year. For some, the graduation ball is still coming up this Saturday – and with it the ceremonial end of their school career.

In North Rhine-Westphalia, the holidays for 2.5 million schoolchildren began with the distribution of certificates on Friday. For the 5,400 schools in the most populous federal state, classes in the new school year 2022/23 will start again on August 10th. Around 82,500 young people and young adults had passed their Abitur examinations this year. For some, the graduation ball is still coming up this Saturday – and with it the ceremonial end of their school career.

Among the federal states, NRW is the first to go on summer vacation. During this time, many young people are expected to improve their pocket money. “That’s a good thing, because young people can gain their first experience in the world of work and maybe get excited about a future apprenticeship,” said Labor Minister Karl-Josef Laumann (CDU). But they need special protection.

For example, young people over the age of 15 are only allowed to work a maximum of 20 days a year during the school holidays, and a maximum of five days a week. They are prohibited from working at night, on Saturdays and on Sundays and public holidays – but there are exceptions for certain sectors such as gastronomy or agriculture. Assembly line and piece work are not permitted, as the minister clarified. The minimum wage of currently 9.83 euros per hour – from July 1, 2022 then 10.45 euros – does not apply to underage holiday jobbers. The employment of children is prohibited, but there are exceptions for students over 13 years of age. With parental consent, they may do light jobs such as delivering newspapers or babysitting for up to two hours a day.

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