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Send children to school for longer and cut their holidays so we can all benefit

Mary McCarthy


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Longer school days would solve a lot of problems for children, parents and teachers. Photo: monkeybusinessimages

Longer school days would solve a lot of problems for children, parents and teachers. Photo: monkeybusinessimages

Longer school days would solve a lot of problems for children, parents and teachers. Photo: monkeybusinessimages

There are many good things about the Irish educational system but accommodating family life and working parents ain’t one of them.

What we have caters more for 1950s agricultural Ireland than a society where most parents work outside the home. Yes, our learning hours are slightly higher than the OECD average but these are shoehorned into days that are too short at primary and school terms that are too short at secondary. Tweaking them would make life easier for pupils, parents and, bear with me now … teachers.


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