Parents were outraged by PM’s plans to extend the summer semester

Another education update comes soon after news that the government is hoping to reopen schools on March 8th.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is due to consider a plan to extend the summer semester by two weeks.

He has vowed to do everything possible to restart student education after the last coronavirus lockdown.

And it seems that this means eating on the traditional six week summer vacation.


Boris Johnson reportedly hoping to extend the summer semester by two weeks (Credit: Splash News)

What is the latest news on school reopening?

Boris Johnson has announced that schools in England will not reopen until March 8th at the earliest.

Many parents who currently teach at home will no doubt be counting down the days.

And now, in yet another educational crisis, the Sunday Times reports that the prime minister is interested in adding two weeks to the summer semester.

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This will in fact shorten the traditional six week summer vacation to help the kids catch up.

However, you won’t miss the holidays.

It is redistributed to existing breaks in autumn and winter.

Many schools in England will split up for the summer holidays on July 23rd.

The proposed two-week extension would result in students continuing to attend classes for the first week of August.


Critics of the proposals said teachers deserved a break (Credit: Pexels)

What’s the thinking behind the plans?

Studying in a classroom during the summer months would pose a lower risk of transmission when it comes to coronavirus.

Doors and windows could be kept open to increase ventilation, and classes could even be moved outside in certain circumstances.

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However, the education unions have announced that they will oppose the plans if proposed.

They said the parents are longing to get back to normal and the dates at the end of the semester should stay as they are now.

What did the government say about the plans?

Health Secretary Edward Argar spoke at the BBC breakfast today (February 8) about the prospect of extending the summer semester.

So add two weeks to the end of the summer semester and then subtract two from the winter semester? Catching up?

He said, “It is quite true that Gavin [Williamson, the Education Secretary] is studying a whole bunch of things to see how we can make sure the effects on them are kept to a minimum.

“But it would be premature for me to comment on what he might or might not announce.”

Boris himself explained: “We now have to work at full speed as a country, as a society, in order to remedy the children’s learning loss.

What do parents think of the latest school news?

Most seemed at a loss about the plans.

Some wondered what point the extension of the summer semester had if an additional two weeks vacation was granted at another point in the school year.

On Twitter, one wrote: “So at the end of the summer semester add two weeks and then subtract two from the winter semester? Catching up? “

Another said: “P.We can lease them back as usual and not with annual bubbles, masks and extended Term.”

Another stated: “No, the summer semester should not be extended. Let the teachers rest, FFS. “

“M.y kids did all the work and if they miss something we get emails, calls. So no that Summer- term should not extended, ”agreed another.

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