Saturday 16 December 2017

When holidays become a dilemma for families

IN the schoolroom of life, there are seldom easy answers. Each year, many parents face a dilemma – do I take the children out of school early, so that I can avail of a cheaper holiday in the sun, or do I respect education and the school ethos and grin and risk missing out on a holiday altogether because it's too expensive or pay the high peak-season price?

A survey has shown that 32pc of parents admit to taking their children out of school early for a bargain holiday, while another 21pc were "very tempted" to follow such a course in order to save money. It's not surprising really, as the years of austerity have made families far more aware of the teachers' old adage to "count the pennies and the pounds will look after themselves".

It goes without saying that parents would be bordering on the irresponsible to remove students in Junior or Leaving Certificate year, no matter how important the holiday might seem.

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