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Parents warned on term-time holidays

PARENTS who take their children on holidays during school terms to save money risk damaging their education.

The National Education Welfare Board has warned that children who are taken away for a fortnight's holiday every year during term time end up missing a full school year by the time they reach Leaving Cert.

Dan O'Shea, a regional manager for the board, said research showed that children who attend school and participate more regularly did better in later life, were financially more secure, and had greater job security.

Parents are now more prepared to take their children out of school to avail of cheaper holidays as the current economic recession continues, Mr O'Shea said.

The National Parents Council Post Primary group has blamed tour operators for 'forcing' parents to holiday in term time by putting up prices significantly during school holidays.