Algeria’s education ministry has ordered an early start to university holidays amid huge protests against President Abdelaziz Bouteflika.
Originally scheduled to run from 21 March to 5 April, the spring break now starts on 10 March and ends on 4 April.
The ministry gave no reason for the move.
Students have been heavily involved in mass protests against the ailing leader, which began last month after he announced he would seek a fifth term.
Mr Bouteflika, 82, who is currently in hospital in Switzerland, has ruled Algeria for 20 years but has rarely been seen in public since he had a stroke in 2013.
He has said the protests could plunge the country into “chaos”.
Teachers and their students have gone on strike at several universities, while others…