Ring! The bell signaled the beginning of the
six week long school holidays. The pupils
burst into a loud cheer, thinking of the
break they would have from dreary school
lessons. "Freedom!" they shouted. The
teachers heaved a soft sigh of relief. They
would also be glad for the freedom that the
holidays will bring.
Teachers have a very stressful job, keeping
a classroom of children in the seats for a
whole school day. Some of these children
may be hyperactive, some may be badly
behaved or uncontrollable. Their own
parents may be unable to cope with just
one of them, yet teachers have to deal with
as many as forty children at a time.
Furthermore, a teacher's job is tedious and
monotonous. They have to prepare lessons
day in and day out, standing in front of one
class after another. The long holidays will
give them a chance to relax and recharge
their batteries. Furthermore, teachers can
attend courses during the long holidays.
These courses will give them more ideas,
skills and inspiration.
Long holidays also give a break to the
children, who active by nature, are cooped
up for hours in a stuffy classroom. Then,
after school, they are faced with piles of
homework. On top of that, some children
have to attend extra tuition in subjects they
are weak in, or extra lessons in piano, violin,
or guitar, ballet, or martial arts.
With so many structured activities, some
children have no time to choose their own
leisure pursuits. They have no time to
"stand and stare". They also lack the time to
bond with their family members, and
relatives. The long holidays would give
them the opportunity to go on holidays
with the family; perhaps they can even
spend time with relatives who live far away.
They can also take part in other enriching
activities, such as educational trips to a
foreign country, or attend youth camps,
such as Outward Bound, which will help in
Yet, we have to take a realistic view at the
other side of the argument. How many
families can afford to send their children on
overseas field trips or courses like the
Outward Bound? In fact, in many families,
the parents will be out working all day, and
the children will be left unsupervised. This
may be dangerous for younger children. As
for older children, they may be drawn to
undesirable and anti-social activities, like
theft, gangsterism, gambling and drugs.
Furthermore, for some children, school
provides their only exposure to academic
learning. Thus, the long period away from
their studies may cause some children to
regress badly in their academic skills.
So, in conclusion, long holidays are
beneficial for some people and not so good
for others. The teachers, who need a break
from a stressful and tedious routine, will
definitely welcome the break. Long holidays
will also give opportunities to children from
privileged homes to take part in enriching
out-of- school activities. However, long
school holidays may be detrimental for
children from less privileged homes. In my
opinion, for the good of the general public,
schools should not have very long holidays.
Or, if long holidays are to remain a part of
the school year, certain activities or services
should be provided for less privileged
children to keep them occupied in a safe
and useful way.
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