ST Forum writer thinks that the year-end school holidays are too long

By December 24, 2019Current, Local Life, Perspectives

TL;DR – She also thinks that the long break is a concern for children struggling with learning their mother tongue.

In a letter to the Straits Times forum, Ms Joy Lee Yi Xuan expresses her thought that the year-end school holidays are too long.

She goes on to explain that she noticed her children and many of her friends’ children being very restless during the long break from school. She’s also worried that the long break might become a concern for children struggling with learning their mother tongue.

The forum writer hence suggests that the Ministry of Education transfer two weeks of school holidays in December to the March and September holidays.

Here is her full letter,

Primary school holidays started on Nov 16 and secondary school holidays started even earlier on Oct 26.

I feel that we do not need such long holidays in December.

I have noticed my children and many of my friends’ children being very restless. Parents have to plan many holidays activities to occupy their time.

The long break is also a concern for children struggling with learning their mother tongue. After not reading and writing Chinese for more than six weeks, all that they have learnt will be forgotten after the holidays.

I suggest that the Ministry of Education transfer two weeks of school holidays in December to the March and September holidays. This way, there can be two weeks of school holidays in March and September.

Joy Lee Yi Xuan

Netizens’ react

Unsurprisingly, there are others who think otherwise and point out that as a parent, the writer should plan something meaningful for her children instead.

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