Our Views: The School Holidays Debate

Last updated 3rd January 2017

JANE ANDERSON: The whole school holidays debate is an interesting one.

If one was to be radical, we would question the whole logic of having a six week break in the summer which harks back to Victorian times when kids were needed in the fields to pick fruit and farm the land. Though this long stretch of freedom is relished by kids and probably fondly remembered by adults, for today’s working parents it’s a logistical nightmare. Would it be better to completely overhaul the school holidays system to not only include staggered holidays to avoid a hike in prices due to high demand, but also to give parents an easier ride with more frequent but shorter breaks? The debate continues…

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