My time off

19th July 1996 at 01:00
Moynul Mustafa, 15, takes his GCSEs next summer at Swanlea School in Whitechapel, east London.

For the first three weeks I've got the chance to go on trips organised by my local community in Whitechapel. We'll go to Wales, Scotland or the Lake District and I know I will meet people from all over the country. We are woken at 4am for Muslim prayers, then again at 7am. Midday is another time to pray. We also do some studying - a bit of geography or wildlife. I really enjoy it.

Last summer I went to Bangladesh with my family for the whole summer. I'm glad I'll have some time in London socialising with friends this year - there's so much to do.

I was offered a job at a men's clothing store where I went on work experience. The guy liked the way I worked and gave me the job. But I've decided to say no because it would mean spending my summer in a shop from 9 to 5.30. Also my parents have said they will support me and that I don't have to earn that money.

The best thing about the summer is that after a whole year of work and worry about exams, you get a holiday. My parents are very determined for me to do well at school and in term-time they just sit me down and make me study. I have no choice. But in the holidays they don't care - I can have my freedom and do what I want. I should study a bit in the last week though.

Some people I know look forward to going back to school towards the end of the summer because they get a bit bored - not me. The other breaks you get from school don't last long so you can't count those as holidays. But six weeks - SIXWEEKS - that's more than five. I'm very happy that the hols are finally here.

Moynul Mustafa is a young journalist with the charity Children's Express.

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