R-i-i-i-ng! 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
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 character
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.