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Fears over 4-day week for pupils.

A teaching union yesterday criticised plans to introduce a four-day week for schoolchildren.

Aberdeen Council believe young people are educationally disadvantaged by long summer lay-offs.

They see a shorter working week coupled with shorter holidays and a four- term year as an alternative.

But Tino Ferri, of the National Association of Schoolmasters and Union of Women Teachers, said: "As a trade unionist I could never reject out of hand plans for a four-day week. But if they are offering four days a week and a cut in salary that would be a different matter.

"I am all in favour of a flexible approach but my first reaction is one of scepticism."

Scottish Education Minister Helen Liddell said: "The details of this are so sketchy it is difficult to make any comment on it at all but I am anxious that young people should spend as much time in school as possible."
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Author:Aitken, Vivienne
Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Aug 24, 1998
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