We don’t want a shorter week!

GATES CLOSED: This could become a familiar sight at schools across Fife on Friday afternoons.'Kirkcaldy, school gates. Pic by Walter Neilson.
GATES CLOSED: This could become a familiar sight at schools across Fife on Friday afternoons.'Kirkcaldy, school gates. Pic by Walter Neilson.
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PARENTS in Levenmouth and the East Neuk have slammed a radical proposal to reduce the amount of time pupils spend in the classroom.

Fife Council’s Labour administration has suggested introducing a four-and-a-half-day week for pupils as a way of saving £6m.

But many people took to the Mail’s Facebook page to voice their opposition to the idea, and the SNP group has raised concerns, saying such a move would result in teachers losing their jobs.

Council leader Alex Rowley stressed this was only an idea being considered at the moment, and it would be an option for discussion with parents in future consultations.

Councillor Douglas Chapman, the SNP’s education spokesman, said his party had rejected similar proposals when it was in administration.

Many parents have rejected the idea, suggesting children needed to spend more time in the classroom, not less, and they also expressed concerns over the need to find – and the cost of – additional childcare.