Call to extend the school day

The Dominion Post 23 December 2008
Teachers could be forced to work radical new hours, with the daily routines of thousands of children and parents disrupted, under suggested changes to make the school day longer. The School Trustees Association, which represents most of the 2700 school boards, wants a national debate on whether schools should open well before 9am and shut much later each day to better cater for pupils’ changing needs. Education Minister Anne Tolley has welcomed the suggestion, saying there is an “appetite” for fresh ideas to benefit pupils, teachers and principals. Association general manager Ray Newport said any such changes would require a law change. He conceded that extending the school day had huge implications for staffing levels, teachers’ hours and the effects on pupils and working parents.