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NEW FIGURES REVEAL THAT THE NUMBER OF SCHOOL LESSONS MISSED DUE TO AUTHORISED HOLIDAY IN THE REGION DROPPED BY TWO-THIRDS LAST YEAR. BUT SOME PARENTS CLAIM THE CLAMPDOWN LEAVES THEM UNABLE TO AFFORD TO GO ON HOLIDAY. WE ASKED ONLINE READERS IF THE CRACKDOWN WAS FAIR.

Gordon Jeffrey: "No, it's not. Not all parents have any choice when their own holidays are going to be. It's bad enough if both parents have to work just getting holidays at the same time."

Neil Newton: "Don't be fooled, this isn't about standards of education, it's about box ticking so schools can meet Govt targets. A child is perfectly capable of catching up on school work if they've missed a week or two by being on holiday, in the same way they are capable of catching up if they had been absent through an illness such as chicken pox. Quality family time is more important than a school's tick list. If people didn't have to work such long hours to make a decent living then maybe getting the quality time and relaxing together wouldn't be so difficult."

Alison Brown Fairbairn: "My children are going abroad regardless of the fine. They have 100% attendance normally with the exception of the one week we have abroad. My children will see the world."

Brenda Lunnon: "Not all parents can take holidays during school holidays, family time is just as important! As long as there are no exams!" Louise Molloy: "Centerparcs Monday to Friday next week, PS1,499 for us. Week after when kids are back at school, PS399. That needs sorting out, families feel they have no other option than to keep kids off in term time!" Joan Charlton Gallon: "If your children are never off school and have good attendance then you should be allowed to take them out of school for a family holiday."

Leigh Arkle: "If they reduced the prices of foreign holidays in the summer hols then it would be fine, but the greedy holiday companies reap profits from people with no choice of when to have a holiday."

David Hemsley: "Should crack down on the companies hiking the prices up."

Clare Gray: "I'm taking my child out of school for two weeks in June. He normally has 100% attendance and to be honest the same holiday six weeks later is PS700 more! Which means we can afford to go away again with the money we've saved. So I guess it's cheaper to pay the fine. I have taken my child away every June since he started school."

Theresa Myerscough Dawson: "My child's school decided to close an hour early one day every week for training. Surely this adds up to a full week's education time lost."

Tony Patterson: "Holidays and travel broaden the mind so parents shouldn't be fined!" TOP COMMENT Simon Sharp said: "How many kids are missing out on holidays altogether now though, since some parents can't afford the prices at school holiday time."

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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Apr 13, 2015
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