HOW things have changed since my schooldays. I happened to spot a youngster on the bus the other day, not it seemed, in school.
It turned out that it was a 'teachers work from home day' whatever that is! Are our children not losing out on teaching here? What about possible anti-social behaviour ie kids roaming the streets with nothing worthwhile to occupy themselves?
I sometimes wonder how much time the pupils actually spend in school judging from the many outings enjoyed by them and their escorts.
Often I see kids at race meetings during term time, no doubt horse racing is part of the national curriculum! These absences appear to occur often on Fridays. Any coincidence?
Some parents see little wrong in removing their children from school to go on a foreign holiday during term time, no doubt because of financial necessity.
In my day this simply did not happen. In any case what is wrong with holidaying in this country?
To cap it all now kids are going on strike! Talk about biting the hand that feeds it! Do these youngsters realise where the money comes from to fund their education?
Perhaps they think money grows on trees? Coupled with the seemingly endless half-term breaks, besides other holidays.
These half-term holidays were non-existent when I was at school. We were expected to attend from 9am until 4.15pm and I could count on the
fingers of one hand the number of outings we enjoyed.
We are fortunate that we basically enjoy free education in this country, but is this privilege abused? Education costs us all a considerable amount of cash, ie taxpayers' money.
Some parents seem to take a laid back approach to children unattending school, 'oh well, what can you do if your child just refuses to go to school?' We would not have dared.
We have seen the anarchy engendered by a no small minority of the student fraternity. Is this contagion now spreading to our schools?
I WALKER Dalgarno Gardens