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Are frequent school breaks good for kids?

Filed on February 9, 2020 | Last updated on February 9, 2020 at 07.58 pm

Students and staff need regular breaks to recharge (Some UAE schools announce week-long holiday; KT, Feb 9). Continuous terms of 10, 11 or 12 weeks can exhaust students, especially the younger lot. Four-, five-year-olds are in school from 7:30am to 2:30pm usually, which is a long day for kids of that age. Children do not learn well without a natural break. Schools in the UK have a break every six weeks to ensure students are always refreshed, full of energy, and ready to learn.

- Anna Howell, KT website

*I don't think schools should give such frequent holidays to students. It breaks the rhythm and could disturb the pace of learning for children. Perhaps, schools could look at reducing the number of hours. It won't exhaust children and also help them learn at their own pace, without feeling rushed.

- Shehnaz, Dubai

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