The Education Secretary wants the school day to be lengthened and holidays shortened, but a senior MP has said that the time politicians spend in the House of Commons appears to be shrinking!
Michael Gove wants pupils to spend more hours at school each day, arguing that a longer school day is the norm in successful East Asian education systems, the BBC reports.
He also wants holidays to be shorter, claiming that current school terms were designed for ‘an agricultural economy’. The Education Secretary said that some academies are already running longer school days or changing the structure of school terms, and that a longer school day would be more family friendly.
ATL’s Mary Bousted accused Mr. Gove of point scoring: “Despite official figures showing that the average teacher works more than 11 hours of unpaid overtime each week, despite most teachers having to prepare and mark work in the evening and at weekends and despite many teachers voluntarily coming in during school holidays because they care about the future of their pupils, the Secretary of State says that schools should be open longer.”
Meanwhile, the Daily Mail reports that MP Margaret Hodge, who chairs the Public Accounts Committee, has said that MPs are not spending enough time in Westminster: “Members of the public would be forgiven for thinking that it is MPs who are lazy and that it is parliament that is failing to provide good value for money,” she said. Mrs. Hodge urged the Coalition to extend the number of days MPs sit from fewer than 140 days this year, as ‘it feels as if we are hardly working’.
What do you think of Michael Gove wanting you to work longer hours, especially when the time MPs spend in the Commons has been reduced?